It's not very often in a basketball game where a team will shoot 34%, miss 16 consecutive shots a one point in the second half, and play the final stretch without their most dynamic scorer, against the #14 team in the country and actually win the game.
However that is exactly what the Oklahoma women's basketball team did last night in their upset of the Texas Tech Lady Red Raiders. Needless to say it was an improbable result if for no other reason than those 16 consecutive misses in the second half. The Sooners were fortunate that Tech was almost equally as cold and combined with a ridiculous amount of turnovers, were unable to extend their lead thus allowing OU to make a run in the closing minutes.
What might have been the most impressive part of the comeback victory was the fact that the Sooners did so without their leading scorer, Aaryn Ellenberg. Ellenberg dove into the crowd for a ball as it head out of bounds late in the second half and was appeared to be a little woozy after possibly hitting her head in the process. So it was on the shoulders of team leader Whitney Hand and somewhat surprisingly two true freshman. DaShawn Harden and Sharane Campbell came up with some huge plays down the stretch as all nine of Campbell's points proved to be huge with respect to the final score.
In what can only be described as an incredibly gutty win, the Sooners were lead by Hand and her 24 points. Hand was on fire in the first half, scoring 16 of her 24, and almost single handedly kept Tech from getting a bigger lead than they had. Despite missing the final five minutes, Ellenberg was the second leading scorer and the only other Sooner in double digits with 10. Joanna McFarland finished with nine points, hitting a couple big three pointers (which is a new part to her game). OU also got some solid minutes from another true freshman in Kaylon Williams who finished with six points, but really contributed even more as a spark off the bench.
The ladies' next game will be Bedlam 1.0 this Saturday in
Stoolwater Stillwater at 11am (central) and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.