OU Wins Overtime Thriller at WVU
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Oklahoma pulled off a comeback win on Saturday inside WVU Coliseum, 79-77, taking down the Mountaineers in overtime.
Vionise Pierre-Louis scored on a putback with one second left in overtime off a miss from Shaina Pellington to deliver the win for the Sooners (14-12, 9-6 Big 12). Pellington led OU with 22 points, while Pierre-Louis collected her 19th career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The victory marked OU's first win against West Virginia (19-8, 7-8 Big 12) on the road in series history. The Sooners had to rally twice, first down 20 points in the second quarter. OU battled back to take the lead at the end of the third quarter, but a 3-pointer from WVU's Katrina Pardee sent the game to overtime.
OU trailed 30-10 midway through the second quarter, but closed the gap down to single digits to end the first half. The Sooners' found their footing offensively in the second half as Maddie Manning's jumper with 0:07 left in the third quarter put OU up one heading to the final frame. OU held the Mountaineers from scoring for nearly five minutes in the fourth quarter to push its lead to 66-58 with less than four minutes to go, but West Virginia rallied to force overtime.
Pellington's 22-point performance marked the freshman's sixth game with at least 20 points this season. Pierre-Louis, who recorded her ninth double-double of the season, joined Courtney Paris as the only two players in program history with at least 1,200 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks. The senior tied her career high with 36 minutes played and logged three blocks.
Manning poured in 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field along with three 3-pointers. The Ankeny, Iowa, native played a career-high 45 minutes and recorded six rebounds and three assists.
Ana Llanusa and Gabbi Ortiz each finished with 11 points apiece. Llanusa played the entire game and recorded four rebounds. Ortiz filled the box score with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
OU tied its season high with 25 free throws made on a season-best 35 attempts at the charity stripe, finisihg with a .714 clip. Pellington set a career high with 10 makes at the stripe, while Ortiz finished 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Sooners finished the game outshooting West Virginia, .463-.426, while the Mountaineers knocked down 10 3-pointers to OU's four triples. The Sooners won the battle on the glass, 42-36, outscored WVU by a 36-32 margin in the paint and finished with 23 points off of turnovers.
Naomi Davenport finished with a game-high 24 points and knocked down five 3-pointers to lead the Mountaineers, while Teanna Muldrow scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Sooners return home on Wednesday night to face Iowa State at 7 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. OU will celebrate Senior Night against Iowa State. Tickets are available here.
NOTES AND NUGGETS
• Oklahoma's win at West Virginia marked its first road victory in Morgantown. The series is now tied at 8-8 between the two teams.
• OU's 20-point comeback win is the third biggest margin of victory overcame in the Sherri Coale era (26 vs. Cal, 2008-09), 23, West Virginia vs. 2013 - Big 12 Tournament). It is also the biggest comeback against a Big 12 foe in a regular season game in program history.
• The Sooners tied their season high with 25 made free throws against West Virginia. OU's 35 free throw attempts set a season high and are the most by the Sooners in one game since OU shot 35 versus TCU in 2017.
• The win marked the third time this season that OU has won a game after trailing at halftime.
• Shaina Pellington's 22 points marked the sixth 20-point scoring game by the freshman this season. Pellington's 10 made free throws and 13 free throw attempts set career highs.
• Pellington now ranks 10th on OU's freshman list for field goals (134) and assists (61).
• Vionise Pierre-Louis recorded her 19th career double-double, which is tied for the eighth-most in school history with Amanda Thompson.
• Pierre-Louis moved into a tie with former Sooner Whitney Hand for 21st place on OU's all-time scoring list with 1,211 points.
• Gabbi Ortiz moved into seventh place on OU's all-time career assists list with 371, passing Britney Brown (367, 2004-07).
• Maddie Manning and Ana Llanusa both played 45 minutes, setting a career high.
• Manning passed Mandy Wade (1,141) for 30th place on OU's all-time list. Manning now has 1,157 points in her OU career.
• OU is now 1-1 in overtime games this season. The Sooners are now 2-0 versus West Virginia in overtime. Under Sherri Coale, OU is 14-12 in overtime games (6-6 on the road).
• The win marked OU's first road overtime victory since Jan. 31, 2012 at Kansas.