Morgan Hook struggled against the Oklahoma St. Cowgirls on Sunday, as the Oklahoma Sooners fell. She rebounded in a very big way on Wednesday night though.
The senior dropped a near triple-double in the huge rivalry win over the Texas Longhorns. Hook finished with 15 points, nine rebounds (a career high) and eight assists. All three stats were team highs. She also hit six free throws, including the biggest one of the game.
Oklahoma (16-11, 7-7 Big 12) came from behind and got revenge against rival Texas (17-9, 8-6 Big 12) 64-63 in the Sooners’ Pack the Place Pink game.
"I’m not very often without words, but I’m not sure I have a lot tight now. I thought it was a very gutsy effort by our team, I’m so proud of the freshman coming in and giving us big minutes," head coach Sherri Coale said. "I told them in the locker room that this stat sheet is ugly, but the important number on there is 64, we had one more point than they did and we finally figured out how to win a close game."
After trailing for a good portion of the first half, the Sooners found their rhythm toward the end. They trailed 26-20 with 3:51 remaining. Nekia Jones fouled Hook and sent her to the line. Hook drained both free throws to cap off a 7-0 run, that gave the Sooners a 27-26 halftime lead.
Hook would later hit a free throw with four seconds remaining to give Oklahoma the 64-63 lead over the Texas Longhorns.
"We just kept telling ourselves, just in the huddles, every time let’s do or die," Hook said. "At this point it really is. We played every possession like it was the possession that decided the game. I think overall that mentality that we had and the togetherness that we had at the end is what got us through it."
Oklahoma, playing without their senior leading scorer, Aaryn Ellenberg, had three starters in double figures, led by Hook. Sharane Campbell had 12 points, Gioya Carter finished with 11 points 5-of-11 shooting.
Oklahoma was able to turn 15 Longhorn turnovers into 11 Sooner points, including Campbell's lay up with 2:51 to cut the Texas lead to 58-57.
Nicole Kornet continued her three-point assault, hitting two in the win over Texas. She finished with eight points.
Over the last five minutes the game was tied six times. Longhorn Chassidy Fussell hit 1-of-2 free throws with 54 seconds left to go but then missed a lay up resulting in Hook driving the length of the court, drawing the foul and hitting the game winning free throw. Hook scored the final three points of the game for Oklahoma.
The Sooners held Texas, the Big 12’s top offensive rebounding team, to just four second-chance points on 10 offensive boards.
Kaylon Williams and Portia Durrett combined for 13 points off the bench for the Sooners.
Oklahoma put themselves in position to finish the season on a great note, having already won three of the four against their remaining opponents.
The Sooners will try to gain their back-to-back wins with Kansas Jayhawks coming to Norman on Saturday evening. OU won the previous match up against the Jayhawks 81-71 back on February 9th.