|Points||Thomas – 10||Pellington – 24|
|Rebounds||Thomas – 4||Williams – 15|
|Assists||Nero – 3||Williams, Robertson – 5|
|Steals||Two Players – 2||Three players – 2|
|Blocks||Two Players – 2||Lampkin – 2|
NORMAN – Four Sooners scored in double figures led by sophomore Shaina Pellington’s 24 points as the Oklahoma women’s basketball team downed Northwestern State, 93-56, inside Lloyd Noble Center Thursday night.
Freshman guard Taylor Robertson poured in 20 points in her first career start as a Sooner, giving OU two 20-point scorers for the second game in a row. The McPherson, Kan. native finished 6-for-12 from beyond the arch, dished five assists and added one steal in the victory. Robertson’s 14 3-pointers are the second-most by a Sooner in consecutive games in program history.
“It was a great win. All wins are great wins and we did some really good stuff,” head coach Sherri Coale said. “We’ve got to eliminate our turnovers and we’ve got to make our free throws. My goodness, we might’ve scored 130 if we just kind of did both of those things.”
Freshman guard Jessi Murcer provided quality minutes off the bench, scoring a career-high 18 points in her OU debut. Murcer was 6-of-11 from the field, pulled in four rebounds and recorded two assists. Sophomore forward Mandy Simpson set a career-high with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting and added seven rebounds.
Freshman Madi Williams collected a team-high 15 rebounds against the Lady Demons. Williams is the first Sooner to recorded 30 total rebounds in back-to-back to open a season since Courtney Paris in 2005-06.
The Sooners led by 21 at halftime, outscoring the Lady Demons 45-24 and shooting 52 percent from the field. OU held NSU to a .300 clip in the first half and just a .188 percentage in the second half.
OU finished with 21 assists as Williams and Robertson led the way with five assists apiece.
“I thought we shared it well today,” Coale said. We were trying to create a little more rhythm offensively. We would have liked to have a little more rhythm and penetration but they were sagging and asking us to shoot it, so we did. But, I thought in transition we had some really nice breaks. We didn’t shoot it particularly well from behind the arc as a team, but we still were able to score 93 points, so a lot of people can put the ball in the net.”
Oklaohma led by a double-digits for the entirety of the second quarter, holding NSU to just seven points on 3-of-16 shooting as the Sooners held an opponent to less than ten points in a quarter for the first time since holding Kansas to seven points (first quarter) in Lawrence last season.
The Sooners limited NSU to a .239 field goal percentage on 16-of-67 shooting while holding the Lady Demons to 7-of-30 (.233) from 3-point range. OU dominated in the paint, 48-12, and won the rebounding battle by a 63-28 margin, the first time since 2005 that the Sooners posted a 35-plus rebound margin in a game.
Up next, the Sooners will embark on a five-game road swing, starting with a Sunday afternoon matchup with No. 21 South Florida. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT.