OU was behind by one, two, three or four points from the 10:09 mark of the second half until 3:04 remained, when center Nicole Griffin grabbed Morgan Hook’s miss, put it back and was fouled by Stephanie Golden.
It created the game’s 14th tie, and OU did not trail again.
Aaryn Ellenberg, who led the Sooners with 21 points, hit her second field goal of the second half with 1:56 remaining to put OU up 80-78.
The Bulldogs followed with a costly turnover, one of only nine for the game. Back on the Sooners’ end, Kaylon Williams grabbed an Ellenberg miss and made one of two free throws after being fouled to make it a 3-point game.
The game was won when Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer missed a 3-point try with 11 seconds remaining. Ellenberg grabbed that miss and added a final free throw.
Down the stretch, OU made the plays.
“I kept thinking to myself, we’ve got to get over this hump,” Ellenberg said. “It seemed like constantly we could not score and then we’d be down by one again. We just had to get over that hump, and when we did, that was where a lot of our energy came from.”
The Sooners got 14 points from Williams, 13 from Sharane Campbell, 12 from Griffin and 10 from Carter, who managed double figures in just 18 minutes of court time before fouling out.
The Bulldogs got 19 points from Palmer, 13 from Sherbert and 10 from Keani Albanez.
“I’m really proud of our team,” Coale said.
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