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Comeback Effort Falls Short at New Mexico





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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.   Oklahoma put together a furious comeback effort in the fourth quarter but it came up short as the Sooners fell 84-80 to New Mexico on Wednesday.

Taylor Robertson led the Sooners (2-4) with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting for her third 20-point game of the season. Ahlisa Hurst provided the Lobos (4-1) with 39 points and knocked down nine 3-pointers against the Sooners. 

Madi Williams added 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Shaina Pellington recorded 14 points, five rebounds and five steals. Mandy Simpson led OU with eight rebounds and chipped in a season-high 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

The Sooners opened the game with a 15-4 lead as Robertson and Jessi Murcer buried early treys, but New Mexico answered with a 12-0 run to grab the lead after one quarter. Hurst scored 24 of her 39 points in the first half for the Lobos, knocking down seven treys from beyond the arc to give New Mexico a one-point lead at halftime. 

The Lobos took advantage of five straight Sooner turnovers early in the second half to build a 62-46 lead midway through the third quarter. The Sooners answered with a 12-0 run early in the fourth quarter to cut the New Mexico lead down to 68-66 with 4:58 to go. Simpson keyed the momentum swing for OU with six straight points. 

After a layup from Williams made it a one-possession game with 1:37 to go New Mexico’s Jayla Everett answered with her lone 3-pointer of the night to put the Lobos back in front by five with under a minute to play.

The Sooners were 10-of-22 (.455) from deep and posted a .420 (29-of-69) field goal percentage. New Mexico finished with a .390 shooting percentage (32-for-82) and also hit 10 3-pointers against OU. The Sooners won the rebounding battle, 50-48, and finished with 18 assists. 

The Lobos finished with 29 points off of 26 OU turnovers and outscored the Sooners, 40-36, in the paint. New Mexico finished with 14 blocks, an OU opponent record.

Robertson has made 29 3-points through six games this season for the Sooners, which already ranks as the 10th-most in a single season by an OU freshman. The McPherson, Kan., native has scored at least 20 points in three of OU’s six games this year.

Oklahoma will wrap up its five-game road swing as it takes on Auburn in the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT from Auburn Arena and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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