STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Erin Higgins scored 12 of her 16 points
in the second half to help Oklahoma pull away for a 107-76 win
against Oral Roberts at the Bertha Teague Classic on Saturday.
Coming out of a timeout called by Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale,
Higgins sparked a 20-3 run with a 3-pointer from the left wing.
After Beky Preston scored inside, Higgins added another
3-pointer from the left wing, then drove the lane and found Ashley
Paris underneath the basket. Paris missed the basket, but got the
rebound for a score.
The next trip down, Higgins set up Kendra Moore's fast-break
layup to stretch Oklahoma's lead to 69-54. Leah Rush added a
jumper, Preston made a free throw and Rush's 3-pointer from the
left corner put Oklahoma (7-1) up by 21 points.
Oklahoma kept distancing itself, going up 88-60 after Chelsi
Welch's two free throws capped a 13-2 run that included yet another
Oklahoma's 107 points were its most in a game since a 113-72 win
against Baylor on Dec. 30, 1991.
Rachel Balzer scored 20 to lead Oral Roberts, which made the
NCAA tournament last season as the Mid-Continent Conference
Higgins finished 4-for-6 from 3-point range and passed Carin
Stites to move into second place on Oklahoma's all-time 3-point
shooting list. Only Etta Maytubby (174) has made more 3-pointers
for Oklahoma than Higgins (154).
After Oral Roberts (3-2) trimmed Oklahoma's 13-point first half
lead to 47-45 on its opening possession of the second half,
Courtney Paris scored the Sooners' first five points of the half to
restore a five-point lead. But on the Golden Eagles' next
possession, the Sooners' leading scorer and rebounder picked up her
fourth foul going for a rebound with 17:26 left.
Higgins' 3-pointer gave Oklahoma a 55-49 lead, but Coale called
for a timeout after her team allowed Alycia Seay to score an easy
transition layup after Higgins' made basket.
She waited for her team with her hands on her hips, then ripped
into a finger-pointing session to get her players back on track.
Once the rest of the timeout was finished, Higgins continued the
huddle with the four other players on the court, then sparked
Courtney Paris, who played only three minutes in the second half
before fouling out, finished with 19 points, Rush scored 16 and
Ashley Paris added 15 for Oklahoma, which has won 18 in a row
against Oral Roberts after losing 14 of the first 17 games in the