Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

March 10, 2013

BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: OU clips West Virginia in quarterfinals

DALLAS — The Oklahoma women played their worst half of the season before turning around and playing their best Saturday night at the Big 12 women’s tournament.

It was just enough.

In a game that had to be seen to be believed, the Sooners came from 19 points down at the half and 22 down early in the second, to claim a 65-64 triumph over West Virginia.

Sharane Campbell was fouled going in for a layup with 5.5 seconds remaining. Sent to the free-throw line, she missed the first and made the second.

It stood up.

Mountaineer guard Bria Holmes had a reasonable look for a corner 3-pointer as time ran out but was wide right.

As it bounced away, the Sooner bench swarmed the court liked OU had claimed its first conference tourney crown since 2007. That, though, will require two more victories, beginning with today’s 3:30 p.m. tip against Iowa State.

The Sooners may be their own inspiration after staging the biggest comeback in Big 12 tourney history and the program’s biggest comeback since it set an NCAA record rallying past Cal on Dec. 13, 2008 after trailing 52-26 at the half.

“I told them we had been down 27 at the half and come back and won,” said OU coach Sherri Coale, a point long with her memory, “and there’s no reason we couldn’t.”

It looked like West Virginia would be the reason it couldn’t. After OU scored the half’s first points, the Mountaineers followed with a 7-2 run to erect their biggest lead, 51-29, with 17:15 remaining.

Then OU went to work.

The Sooners scored on eight of their next 10 possessions while stiffening up defensively to climb within 53-45 on an Ellenberg 3-pointer.

They came up empty on their next two trips, but so did the Mountaineers. Then came a 7-of-8-trip scoring binge that handed OU its first lead, 60-58, since 11 1/2 minutes remained in the first half. Sharane Campbell made it happen with two free throws with 5:09 remaining.

Text Only
Sports
  • BASEBALL: Howe’s RBI-double rallies Zebras past Vinita

    Claremore senior designated hitter Bryce Howe delivered an RBI-double in the bottom of the fifth inning that helped rally the Zebras to a 6-3 win over Vinita in the 4-State Festival Friday night at American Legion Park.

    April 13, 2014

  • DSC_0100web.jpg BASEBALL: Zebras rock Memorial, 9-0

    Going, going, gone...
    With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, Claremore senior designated hitter Bryce Howe made Tulsa Memorial pay for intentionally walking senior catcher Matt Whatley.
    Howe’s grand slam — his second of his varsity career — boosted Claremore to a 9-0 victory over Tulsa Memorial Thursday afternoon in Metro Lakes Conference action.

    April 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • FILBYweb.jpg BASEBALL: McGill’s seventh-inning hit propels Sequoyah past Sallisaw

    Logan McGill’s bases loaded ground ball with one out in the bottom of the seventh scored McKaine Foster, giving Sequoyah a 5-4 victory over Sallisaw Friday evening in the 4-State Baseball Festival.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOCCER: Lady Zebras blast Metro Christian, 3-0

    The No. 3-ranked Class 5A Claremore Lady Zebras scored two goals in the first half to complete the 3-0 win over Metro Christian Friday night.

    April 13, 2014

  • DSC_0068web.jpg BASEBALL: ‘Cats sweep Aggies

    The Rogers State University baseball team swept a doubleheader against Heartland Conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State Friday afternoon at the Diamond Sports Complex.
    The Hillcats took advantage of four Aggie errors and tallied eight hits en route to a 4-0 victory.
    In the nightcap, RSU belted 10 hits to register a 5-2 win.

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • WNBA DRAFT: Phoenix Mercury select OSU's Tiffany Bias

    Tiffany Bias became the third player in Oklahoma State history taken in the WNBA Draft, going to the Phoenix Mercury with the fifth pick (17th overall) of the second round on Monday evening.

    April 15, 2014

  • Arkansas hosts A-Club Spring Reunion on April 25-26

    The A Club is hosting its annual Spring Reunion weekend April 25-26 around the Razorback football team's Red-White Spring Game.

    April 15, 2014

  • WNBA DRAFT: Tulsa Shock add Hooper, Plaisance to 2014 roster

    The Tulsa Shock have selected Jordan Hooper with the 13th overall pick and Theresa Plaisance with the 27th overall pick, respectively, in the WNBA Draft.

    April 15, 2014

  • WNBA DRAFT: Tulsa Shock select Baylor's Odyssey Sims

    The Tulsa Shock have selected guard Odyssey Sims with the second overall pick in the WNBA Draft.

    At Baylor, Sims finished her career averaging 28.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game her senior year.

    April 15, 2014

  • NCAA MEN'S BB: Kentucky's Cauley-Stein returns for junior season

    Kentucky has announced that 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein will return for his junior season.
    Cauley-Stein missed the final three games of the Wildcats' run to the NCAA championship game after sustaining a left ankle injury in the Midwest Region semifinal against Louisville.

    April 15, 2014