NORMAN, Okla. — After falling in consecutive contests during the previous week, Oklahoma (16-11, 7-7 Big 12) squeezed out a pivotal win over Red River Rival Texas, 64-63, on Wednesday night in a game that neither team could run away with during the 40 minutes of action.
At halftime, OU led by just a point, and then found itself on the opposite side of the score more times than it really wanted to in the second half and it didn't help that the Sooners faced a couple of personnel limitations.
Kaylon Williams was forced out of the game with six minutes left in regulation due to injury, requiring Oklahoma to go small in the game's waning minutes. The Sooners also started out sans senior, shooting star Aaryn Ellenberg due to lingering concussion symptoms against an opponent that was giving the crimson and cream everything they could handle, including a red hot Nneka Enemkpali that finished with 17 points and four boards.
But after 12 lead changes and 10 ties, the stage was set for a photo finish among a pink clad home fan base at the Lloyd Noble Center.
And the Sooners put their faith in senior Morgan Hook to deliver the team to victory.
After Chassidy Fussell missed the second of her two free throws, Hook went coast to coast to knot up the scoreboard 63-all. Fussell then missed the next layup, while Hook dashed to the courtesy line with four seconds left and a chance to sew up the game. Her first free throw was solid to give OU the lead; she missed one on the second try set up the Longhorns with an opportunity to take the road win.
But Enemkpali couldn't get the shot off in time, allowing the Sooners to celebrate the Pack the House Pink contest in style.
Hook finished the game with 15 points, nine boards and eight assists, leading the team in those three stats. Sharane Campbell and Gioya Carter combined for 23 points for the win.
Next up, OU faces Kansas at 7pm on Feb. 22 in Norman.
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