No. 12 Oklahoma 76, Liberty 45

Morgan Hook and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 points apiece to help

No. 12 Oklahoma rout Liberty 76-45 Friday in Vanderbilt’s

Thanksgiving tournament.

Oklahoma (3-0) will play Vanderbilt, an 81-39 winner over

Lipscomb, in Saturday’s championship.

Sharane Campbell also added 13 points for the Sooners.

Liberty (2-3) hadn’t played a ranked team since Dec. 28, 2010.

The Flames hurt themselves with too many turnovers as Oklahoma

forced 19 of 37 turnovers in the first-half and finished with 38

points off those mistakes. The defending Big South champs did

outrebound Oklahoma 47-34.

Terika Lunsford led Liberty with nine points and had 10

rebounds. Avery Warley and Catherine Kearney each grabbed 10

boards.

Oklahoma opened by scoring the first six points and led 10-1

before Liberty scored from the floor on a jumper by Danika Dale

with 17:12 left. The Sooners, perhaps still getting used to quirky

Memorial Gym, went nearly six minutes without a bucket.

That allowed the Flames to pull within 12-10 on a 3-pointer by

Lunsford with 12:16 to go. That was as close as they’d get.

Hook answered with consecutive layups off the fast break, and

her free throw to finish off a three-point play on the second put

the Sooners back up 17-10 with 10:50 left. Oklahoma led 37-22 at

halftime.

The Sooners just pushed the lead in the second half as they hit

four of their first eight shots. Liberty hit just one of its first

nine attempts as Oklahoma went up by as much as 38 when Harden

scored on a layup off another turnover with 4:40 left for a 71-33

lead.