The Oklahoma Sooners hit their first seven field goals — including five three-pointers — in the first 4:04 to sprint out to a 19-2 lead, building as much as a 30-point (44-14) first-half lead Wednesday. But the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks came storming back before falling to the Sooners, 75-62, in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. at the annual Field Trip Day before 6,875 elementary school students.
The setback was the Ladyjacks’ second straight after opening the season with a pair of wins. SFA (2-2) will now have nine days off before battling UC-Santa Barbara next Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nugget Tournament in Reno, Nevada.
The Sooners (3-1) came out of the starting blocks with a furry, taking a 28-12 lead after the opening stanza and 46-18 at the half, as they held the Ladyjacks to only 18.9% (7-of-37), which is the lowest Oklahoma has held a team in a half in two years. SFA was limited to just 2-of-17 shooting (11.8%) in the second quarter, but warmed up immensely in the second half, shooting 50% (18-of-36) from the field for the final two quarters and 34.2% (25-of-73) for the game.
Stephanie Visscher led the Ladyjack offensive attack with 18 points, hitting 7-of-13) from the field, while pulling down four boards, dishing out three assists and recording four steals. Kennedy Harris was also in double-figure scoring, sinking 5-of-11 from the field for 13 points.Noelle Yancy was close to double-figure scoring, dropping in nine points, while Alyssa Mayfleidl scored eight and Riley Harvey added six.
SFA, which was 2-of-16 (12.5%) from three-point territory for the game, finished the game 6-of-25 (24%).
The Sooners weren’t exactly red-hot shooting the basketball, converting 41.7% (30-of-72) for the game, but did hit 36.4% (8-of-22) from behind the arc.
Taylor Robertson and Ana Llanusa both hit seven field goals and led the Sooners with identical 19-point scoring efforts. Kamryn Lemon added 10 points, while pulling down seven boards and Madi Williams posted a game-hit 16 rebounds.
Both teams struggled with turnovers, with OU posting 21, while SFA turned the ball over 18 times. The Sooners won the battle of the boards, 33-27, including a 17-16 advantage on the offensive glass.
A number of statistical categories were close, with the Sooners holding a 14-13 advantage in points off turnovers and a 14-6 lead in second-chance points. SFA earned a 21-15 advantage in bench points and a 34-32 lead in point in the paint.
After building a 17-point lead to being the game, the Sooners settled in for a 28-12 lead at the end of the opening stanza and stretched that advantage to 46-18 at the break.
The OU lead grew to 31 points (58-27) with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter, before the Ladyjack began to cut the deficit and trailed 60-39 heading into the final period.
SFA continue to trim the lead, but the 13-point final deficit would be as close as the Ladyjacks would come.