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March 23, 2014

Sooners rally but come up short after offensive onslaught

DURHAM, N.C. — One more narrow defeat. One more comeback that ultimately wasn’t enough. One more tight fit against a very good team that did not go Oklahoma’s way.

So ends the Sooner women’s season.

Never before had the losing team in an NCAA women’s tournament game scored so many points only to come up short, yet that’s what happened inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, where OU, which trailed by as many as 19 points, fell 104-100 to DePaul.

It’s a record the Sooners would have rather not set.

In what Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale called “a great showcase of what women’s basketball is all about,” her Sooners easily surpassed the previous record of 94 set by Michigan State in 1991.

The overall record is held by Duke, which lost 121-120 to Alabama in four overtimes in 1995.

“I would imagine, for the fans who were in the arena ... that was a very entertaining basketball game,” Coale said. “Lots of points scored, lots of big plays, very talented offensive players. ... We could have hung our heads and gone to the corner, and we didn’t. We fought back.”

Megan Rogowski scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds left for DePaul.

Chanise Jenkins added 21 points and Brittany Hrynko had 19 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (28-6), who earned a spot in the second round against second-seeded Duke (28-6).

Aaryn Ellenberg closed a prolific collegiate career with seven 3-pointers and 36 points for the 10th-seeded Sooners (18-15).

“The most I can take away from it is my effort,” Ellenberg said. “I gave all I had for 40 minutes. I don’t have anything to hang my head about.”

Portia Durrett pulled the Sooners even at 97 with a layup with 48.2 seconds remaining.

Hrynko drove into the lane and found Rogowski in the left corner for an open 3 that put DePaul ahead for good.

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