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
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
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
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