WACO, Texas (AP) -- Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale didn't call
timeout with the score tied and the clock winding down. Instead,
she let her players do what they're taught in practice.
Kendra Moore made that a winning decision -- and ended No. 8
Baylor's 25-game home winning streak.
After Baylor tied the game on Angela Tisdale's layup with 7.2
seconds left, the 17th-ranked Lady Sooners pushed the ball up the
court. With Erin Higgins covered, Moore found an opening on the
right wing and hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give
Oklahoma a 73-70 victory.
"Time was going down. I was looking for Erin," Moore said.
"Erin was covered. I was wide open."
Moore scored the last eight points for the Sooners (15-4, 5-0),
including another 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.
"I knew they were going in," she said. "I could feel them
when they left my hand."
Moore's first 3-pointer of the game put Oklahoma up 70-68 before
Tisdale's driving basket for Baylor (13-3, 3-3). Coale then let
play continue, and the players knew what to do.
"It was a set decision to push, not a set play," Coale said.
"That's a decision we made away from the stress of the game. They
knew to push it."
While Coale was content on letting the clock run, Baylor coach
Kim Mulkey-Robertson tried frantically without luck to call a
timeout to set her defense.
"In this league it comes down to one or two plays,"
Mulkey-Robertson said. "After a game like that when you spill your
guts on the floor and play your hearts out, you walk out
Baylor, the defending national champion, lost at home for the
first time since a 69-55 loss to Texas on Jan. 22 -- a year ago
Sunday. Jordan Davis' desperation inbound pass was knocked down at
midcourt as time expired.
Courtney Paris had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Oklahoma.
Paris, a 6-foot-4 freshman center, entered the game second in the
Big 12 in scoring with a 20.7 average and tops in rebounding at
15.0. Moore finished with 14 points and Higgins had 11.
Sophia Young led Baylor with 18 points, three below her Big
12-leading scoring average. She also had nine rebounds. Tisdale had
16 points, Chameka Scott 15 and Abiola Wabara 13.
Oklahoma trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but
tied it at 43 when Paris made an inside basket and then hit a free
throw with 13:40 left. Paris missed all four of her free throws in
the first half, but made all five after halftime.
The game was tied eight more times after that, and the margin
was never more than four points.
Moore, blocked by Abiola Wabara on the previous offensive
possession, penetrated the lane and hit 13-footer with 1:38 left to
tie it at 67. Wabara then drove and hit her second free throw after
Higgins' 3-point attempt hit both sides of the rim before
popping out, then Baylor missed two shots of its own before
Oklahoma crossed midcourt and called timeout with 31 seconds left.
The Sooners worked the ball inside, with both Paris sisters --
Courtney and 6-3 Ashley -- touching the ball before kicking it out
to Moore for her first go-ahead basket from the left wing.
"They were completely sure about what they needed to do in that
situation," said Coale, whose team's only loss in the last seven
games was 75-71 at No. 7 Ohio State.
Tisdale was part of eight straight points that put Baylor up
21-11. She had a pass to Scott for a layup, then hit a 3-pointer
and three free throws.
Oklahoma scored eight straight to get to 27-25 on a 3-pointer by
Higgins with five minutes left in the half. The Sooners didn't get
closer before halftime, when they trailed 35-31.