Sooners get hot, vanquish Vaqueros

OU's Chelsea Dungee defends Thursday against UT Rio Grande Valley at Lloyd Noble Center.

NORMAN — Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale had been insistent. Earlier in the season, she assured, her Sooners were a good shooting team.

Nonetheless, through seven games, OU had yet to even approach making half its shots in any one game.

Coming off a disheartening homecourt loss to Oral Roberts, the Sooners took on Texas-Rio Grande Valley Thursday night inside Lloyd Noble Center and, finally, they were the accurate-shooting team Coale promised.

OU made 54.5 percent (36 of 66) of its field goal attempts on the way to a 92-59 victory.

Also, for the first time, the Sooners put five different players in double figures in the scoring column.

Vionise Pierre-Louis and Chelsea Dungee both led with 13 points. Pierre-Louis added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

Also, T’Ona Edwards and Maddie Manning both finished with 12 points and 6-foot-9 freshman post, Nancy Mulkey, in just seven minutes, added 11.

The Sooners trailed one time, 11-10, when UTRGV’s Shawnee Goff hit a 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter. However, 25 seconds later, Pierre-Louis, assisted by Gioya Carter, hit a layup to put the Sooners up for good.

OU, ranked No. 19, moved to 6-2 on the season while the Vaqueros fell to 5-4.

OU took its first 10-point lead, 23-13. 7:28 before the half, yet with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, the Vaqueros had fought back to within 49-44.

That was when OU went on an 18-6 run the rest of the quarter to lead 67-50.

The Sooners continued to build their lead throughout the fourth quarter. The 33-point final margin represented OU’s biggest edge.

UTRGV was led by Hild Kjartansdottir’s 15 points. Goff added 12 and Mary Savoy and Megan Johnson both scored 11.

For the Sooners Edwards delivered six assists against two turnovers, Pierre-Louis blocked three shots and Mulkey blocked two.

OU gets back on the court at 2 p.m. Sunday when Tulsa visits Lloyd Noble Center.

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