SFA Ladyjacks - Mikayla Hutchinson

Photo courtesy of Ty Russell/OU

Stephen F. Austin freshman guard Mikayla Hutchinson (3) sprints down court to defend Oklahoma sophomore guard Madi Williams during Wednesday afternoon’s game in the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners won the game, 75-62.

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.

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