8:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Tiffany Jackson chased a terrible half with one terrific comeback.Jackson recorded career highs with 30 points and 16 rebounds and Nina Norman scored a career-best 22 points as No. 15 Texas rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Oklahoma 83-71 in overtime Wednesday night.Jackson had eight turnovers to go with 10 points and six rebounds in the first half, but committed only one turnover over the next 25 minutes as she helped rally Texas to its biggest comeback of the season."We thought she was going for a triple-double there, but she didn't quite get it," Texas coach Jody Conradt joked."Tiffany's the kind of player that makes things happen, and you don't want to put reins on somebody who has the kind of ability she does."Norman scored the first four points of overtime, and Jackson added nine points -- including an offensive rebound putback and a three-point play -- as the Longhorns kept pulling away in the extra period."I just kept fighting," Jackson said. "I just tried to be hard-nosed and tried to rebound as well as I could."Dionnah Jackson had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma (11-6, 3-3 Big 12), which lost for the first time in eight home games this season. Erin Higgins scored 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range, and Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch had 12 points each.The Sooners led by 12 points with 7½ minutes to play before the Longhorns (11-6, 4-2) started their comeback.Daria Mieloszynska hit a 3-pointer, Jamie Carey added a layup in transition and Jackson banked in a short jump shot as the Longhorns reeled off seven straight points. Norman cut the Sooners' lead to 60-56 on a driving layup with 5 minutes to play.The Longhorns pulled to 65-62 on a three-point play by Jackson, and Carey drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie it up.Rush cut to the basket for a layup to give Oklahoma the lead, but Kala Bowers hit an off-balance jumper from just inside the 3-point line to send the game to overtime."There were big shots all around," Conradt said. "Kala made one, Jamie Carey made a huge three. And that's what good teams are supposed to do: Find ways to win."Bowers finished with 12 points and Carey added 10 for Texas.Erin Higgins hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Oklahoma ahead 36-26 at halftime, and the Sooners scored the first four points of the second half as Texas missed its first seven shots."It's a very difficult game to lose, mostly because I felt we dominated for about 35 minutes," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "We had a chance to punch them in the mouth early in the second half, and we didn't take advantage of that."Norman led the Longhorns' resurgence with six straight points, including two layups in transition and two free throws."I asked her how she turned it on like that, and she said, 'We need it," Conradt said. "That time we needed it, and she answered."They drew to 47-41 following a three-point play by Bowers, but Oklahoma rallied for six straight points and led by 12 after a jumper by Dionnah Jackson from the right side.After that, Oklahoma couldn't hold the Longhorns at bay.Rush gave the Sooners a final lead with 20 seconds to play, but Bowers had an answer 12 seconds later.Conradt said she had called timeout to set up a play for Norman or Jackson, but it was Bowers who ended up open instead.Bowers said she didn't hesitate to take the shot."I knew we needed it and I was open, so I took it," Bowers said.To which Conradt added: "I know what to say now: 'We need it."
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