NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Maddie Manning scored a career-high 14 points and Peyton Little added 13 points and a career-best 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma upset No. 4 Texas 70-59 on Wednesday night.
The Sooners (10-5, 4-0) won their fifth straight and moved into a tie with Baylor atop the Big 12 conference standings.
Texas (13-2, 2-2) was coming off its first loss of the season, a 59-57 setback at Iowa State last Saturday. The Longhorns followed that effort by shooting a season-low 26 percent from the field.
The Longhorns, who entered shooting just 29 percent from 3-point range, made just 4 of 23 3-pointers. Nneka Enemkpali dominated inside with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting and 16 rebounds, but her teammates made just 11 of 54 field goals and failed to get the ball to her consistently.
Texas led by eight with four minutes left in the first half before Oklahoma rallied. The Sooners finally took a 27-26 lead on a free throw by Little 1:21 before halftime. The Sooners led 31-28 at the break, despite Enemkpali’s 13 points and 11 rebounds.
A 3-point play by Little pushed Oklahoma’s lead to 36-28 less than two minutes into the second half, and Gioya Carter’s 3-pointer pushed the Sooners’ lead to double digits for the first time.
Texas rallied, and a 3-pointer by Celina Rodrigo cut Oklahoma’s lead to 44-42. Oklahoma’s Gabbi Ortiz responded with a 3-pointer, and Oklahoma maintained control the rest of the way.
Texas: The Longhorns won two out of three last year. … Enemkpali, who had at least three blocks in her previous four games, had three more. … G Empress Davenport played one minute before picking up her second foul, and she didn’t return in the first half.
Oklahoma: The Sooners’ bench outscored Texas’ reserves 11-2 in the first half. … Carter, who averaged 17 points her previous four games, fouled out after playing just nine minutes. … F Kaylon Williams fouled out with seven points and five rebounds.
Texas: hosts Texas Tech on Saturday.
Oklahoma: at TCU on Saturday.
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