Fifth-ranked Louisville overcame a 17-2 deficit to start the game, then survived a late Sooner rally in regulation to beat 11th-ranked Oklahoma 97-92 on Sunday in Norman in the Preseason Women’s NIT Championship game.
The Cardinals dominated the middle portion of the game, building a lead of 13 midway through the second half, before OU rallied late in the half to take the lead.
With time running out in regulation, Jude Schimmel scored on a fast break layup to tie the game at 86 and force overtime.
In OT, Louisville went on a 9-0 run to apparently put the game away.
OU rallied, though, getting a three-pointer from Aaryn Ellenberg to get within three.
The Sooners could get not get closer, though, as Ellenberg and Morgan Hook missed three-pointers that could have tied the game.
Oklahoma shot just 35 percent from the field in the game and were outrebounded by 10.
Turnovers kept OU in the game, as they forced 25 Louisville turnovers and outscored the Cards 35-13 off turnovers.
OU was led by Aaryn Ellenberg’s game-high 22 points, to go with 12 rebounds, her second career double-double.
Four other Sooners were in double figures, with Sharane Campbell scoring 19, Hook 16 with 8 assists, Gioya Carter had 12 and Kaylon Williams 10.
Free throws also kept OU in the game, as they hit 35 of 41 from the line.
Louisville was led by Tia Gibbs’ career high 23 points.
It was the third time OU has been in the Preseason WNIT championship game, and the third time they’ve lost in the final.
OU drops to 3-1 on the season, and will be back home Wednesday night to host Texas-Arlington at 7:00.