The Oklahoma Sooners almost made an historic rally before falling short and losing to DePaul 104-100 in the highest scoring 40-minute game in the history of the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament. The Sooners looked down-and-out trailing by as many as 19 points during the final half before charging back.
Senior all-Big 12 guard Aaryn Ellenberg was incredible in what turned out to be her final game in an OU uniform. The senior from Las Vegas ripped the nets for 36 points, including 7 three-pointers to turn a rout into a tight fit. Junior forward Sharane Campbell sparked the comeback too and her shot in the lane gave OU a 78-77 lead with just under 9-minutes remaining. Campbell ended up with a “double-double” scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
DePaul had SIX players in double figures and forward Megan Rogowski buried a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Blue Demons a 100-97 lead with :40 to play. On the ensuing possession, the Sooners had several shots to try and tie it. Campbell’s attempted 3 was blocked in the corner, but the former Star-Spencer star got it back and eventually Morgan Hook missed a 3-point shot too. The ball caromed off several Sooners and out of bounds to DePaul and soon, that was it.
Kaylon Williams had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Sooners, Hook added 11 points as did Portia Durrett off the bench for Sherri Coale’s Sooners, who’s season ends with a record of 18-15.