8:00 PM ET, January 21, 2006
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 disappointed."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 being fouled.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.
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