WBB | Sooners fall in OT to Texas 79-74

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Ellenberg's 37 points were not enough to help OU overcome a poor shooting day.

Aaryn Ellenberg did her best. However, it wasn't enough for the senior to help the Oklahoma Sooners beat the Texas Longhorns in Austin.

Oklahoma (10-6, 1-2 Big 12) fell in overtime 79-74.

It was the second straight overtime loss for the beloved Sooners. They lost at home to No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday, 82-75. Oklahoma is 0-3 in overtime this season.

It's also the first time Oklahoma has suffered back-to-back losses since losing to Oklahoma State and Baylor last season on Feb. 23-25.

Ellenberg had 37 points on 13-of-27 shooting, including 22 points in the first half. Her 37 points are tied for the fifth most in the school's history. It was very obvious down the stretch she was tired, but this game would not have been so close without her effort.

She also became the sixth Sooner to score 2,000 points. She has the potential to reach second all-time in Sooners history by the end of the season. She currently has 2,031 points. Courtney Paris is the all-time leading scorer 2,729 points and Phylesha Whaley is second with 2,187 points.

Oklahoma closed the first half on a 13-2 run, led by Ellenberg and capped off by Morgan Hook hitting a half court shot at the buzzer. All looked great for Oklahoma, leading 38-26 at halftime. It was the first game the Sooners lost when leading at the half (9-1) and first game that Texas had won when trailing at half (1-3).

However, Texas (11-4, 2-1 Big 12) bodied up Ellenberg but decided to play defense on everyone else and forced Ellenberg to beat them. It worked. Oklahoma shot just 22 percent in the second half, despite Ellenberg's 15 points. The Sooners had a nice scoring drought that spanned 6:47 in the second half that really just gave Texas all the confidence and the time to get back into the game.

It was an eight-point Sooners lead when they scored with 14:24 left in the half. However, after Ellenberg finally found the basket at the 7:37 mark, Oklahoma led just 51-49. The damage had been done, the Longhorns continued to get back in the game.

Rebounding was a big disadvantage for the Sooners. Texas out rebounded Oklahoma 49-31, and that included 20 offensive rebounds.

Oklahoma though, led 67-62 with 1:07 left in regulation. Kaylon Williams missed a free throw with 46 seconds remaining that could have iced the game for the Sooners.

Great defense on the final possession for the Sooners helped force the game into overtime.

In overtime it was just a worn out Sooners team that couldn't hit their shots. A lot of shots came up short and the team turned careless with the ball. Oklahoma turned it over twice in overtime while shooting 33 percent.

The Longhorn bench outscored the Sooners 36-7, a majority of it in the second half. The Sooners need players like Gioya Carter to step up. Carter played 25 minutes, scored zero points on no shot attempts.

Oklahoma will now turn their attention to the Kansas State Wildcats. They will come to Norman on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Sooners will try to right their two game losing streak at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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