Dec. 12, 2010
Lobo Women's Basketball -- At Oklahoma
Sunday: Oklahoma 63, Lobos 60
Up Next: Dec. 20, Lobos at UTEP
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
NORMAN, Okla. -- It was a major upset tickling on the tips of the Lobos' fingers, but in a wild finish, it was the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners, who came up with the finish. The Sooners, with more than a bit of good fortune on their side at the end, scratched out a hard-fought 63-60 win Sunday afternoon in the Lloyd Noble Center.
"I don't like losing, but you can live with this kind of effort," said New Mexico coach Don Flanagan. "We walk away from the place with our heads held high."
The Lobos almost walked away with a win. The Lobos fought back from a 56-50 deficit in the final 3:30, grabbed the lead 58-56 on a 3-pointer by Caroline Durbin, and had their chances to pull the major upset in Norman.
Three huge sequences:
"One of the most important things for a coach to see is a team that will battle," said Flanagan, who saw his Lobos drop to 5-5 on the season. "I found some players who will do that. We're not happy with the results, but we're happy with the effort."
The Lobos were led in the scoring column by freshman Jasmine Patterson, who had a career-high 18 points. "She had a pretty good game with 18 points and guarding an All-American (Robinson)," said Flanagan. "This had to be a confidence builder for our kids.
"They (Sooners) are a nice, solid team with a lot of talent. We played good enough to win, but it's tough to beat someone as good as they are, as ranked as high as they are, on their own court."
Patterson was joined in double figures by Morgan Toben with 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers in the first half. UNM got seven points and seven boards from Amanda Best. Oklahoma was led by Robinson with 21 points, five boards and four assists. Hook burned UNM with that final drive and finished with 19 points, but she mostly damaged UNM from outside with five treys.
UNM shot 35.5 percent from the floor and Oklahoma shot 37.3 percent. The Sooners won the board battle, 44-36 with Joanna McFarland pulling down 13 boards.
Second Half: Oklahoma 27, Lobos 26
Oklahoma hit the first bucket of the second half to take a 38-34 lead. UNM then went on a Patterson-fueled 8-0 run to go up 42-38 -- UNM's biggest lead of the game to that point. The Sooners got a six-foot jumper by Lyndsey Cloman to end UNM's run. The Lobos were up 44-40 at the 15:04 break on a Kielpinski step back jumper.
The teams then exchanged 3-pointers with Best's long shot providing UNM a 47-43 lead at the 11:50 mark. The Sooner got a free shot and another Hook's trey to form a 47-47 tie.
Oklahoma continued its run. An intentional foul was called on UNM's Boettcher that ended up with Robinson knocking down two free throws for a 49-47 Sooner lead. Hook made UNM pay on the resulting Oklahoma possession with her fifth 3-pointer: 52-47. Flanagan called a timeout at the 9:08 mark. The Sooners were on a 9-0 run.
At the 7:59 break, that 52-47 score was still on the board. Best picked up her fourth foul going into that huddle. UNM was shooting 24 percent from the floor at that mark. Robinson drove and hit a 12-foot, pull-up jumper to give Oklahoma its biggest lead of the game, 54-47.
The Lobos hung in there, down 56-50, going into the 3:59 media break. Both teams had chances to move the gap in a favorable direction, but were hurt by missed shots and turnovers. The Sooners continued to be injured by mistakes. Oklahoma had back-to-back turnovers that turned into back-to-back buckets by Patterson. The second was a long trey that kissed off the backboard and fell in. The Lobos were down 56-55.
Robinson drove the baseline and turned it over again. Oklahoma played solid defense and forced Durbin to launch from long range to beat the shot clock -- swish, and UNM was up 58-56. Robinson drove, got fouled and hit one: 58-57.
Kielpinski got fouled chasing down a rebound and was at the line looking at a one-and-one with 1:09 to play and four seconds on the shot clock. The Sooners got a huge technical break here. The officials stuck their noses into a monitor and decided that UNM violated the shot clock prior to Kielpinski getting hammered to the floor.
Oklahoma got the ball. That possession ended in a strong Robinson drive and a tough jumper in traffic on the baseline. She hit it. UNM came down and worked the ball inside to Torrance, who was wide open under the glass. She was hammered and went to the line with 29.6 seconds to play. She made both free throws and UNM was up 60-59.
The Lobos then played tough on the defensive end, got Oklahoma into two jump ball situations and got possession with 16.2 seconds to play. Flanagan called a timeout, his final one of regulation. The Sooners quickly fouled Kielpinski with 15.9 seconds to play.
The Lobo center bounced her first shot off the back of the rim and Oklahoma got possession after a rebound battle ended with the ball out of bounds. The Sooners jetted the ball across midcourt and called time with 10.2 seconds to play.
Oklahoma came out looking for Robinson, but got the ball to Hook instead. The freshman drove and threw a fadeaway layup/jumper off the glass. It rattled in with 5.2 seconds to play. UNM quickly tossed the ball in-bounds, but Robinson reflected the ball off a Lobo. Hook was fouled with two seconds to play and made both free shots to form the 63-60 final.
First Half: Oklahoma 36, Lobos 34
UNM Stat Leaders: Toben 12 pts., Patterson 10 pts., Kielpinski 5 rebs.
The game seesawed much of the first 20 minutes. The biggest lead of the half was 31-25 by Oklahoma, a lead erased by back-to-back treys by UNM's Toben. Toben led UNM with 12 points in the half, all on treys. Lobo Patterson scored 10 points in seven minutes, but spent most of the half on the bench with two fouls.
The Sooners' Danielle Robinson led all scorers with 14 points, but her slashing drives also contributed to Patterson and Best spending time on the bench with fouls. Best picked up her third foul trying to stop a Robinson drive.
Oklahoma shot 37.1 percent from the field and UNM hit at a 39.4 clip. The Sooners won the board battle, 23-21.
The Lobos came out aggressively and also knocked down some shots. Patterson, who got her first start, hit a 3-pointer off the right side of the key and then scored underneath to put UNM up 9-6 at the first media break.
At the 11:52 media break, the game was knotted at 12-all. Oklahoma went inside twice to McFarland to form a 19-16 lead. UNM called timeout at 8:28 and going into the 7:54 media break, Oklahoma was still up 19-16.
The Lobos came back to tie the game at 19-all on an Erin Boettcher bucket. Then back-to-back scores by Jourdan Erskine pushed UNM up 21-20 and 23-21. A Tina Doughty jumper made it 25-23 in UNM's favor, before Oklahoma went up 28-25 going into the 3:52 break. The Sooners got a trey from Hook and two free throws by Robinson to grab that 3-point lead.
Oklahoma collapsed the UNM defense and got Hook another open look at the hoop. She banged in a trey to hand the Sooners the biggest lead of the half at 31-25. Toben came back with back-to-back treys to tie the game at 31-all.
Oklahoma drifted up 34-31 when Robinson drove, made the layup and was fouled. The quick Sooner made the free shot . Toben came down and flipped in her fourth 3-pointer of the half to tie the game at 34-all. Robinson scored off a jumper with 14 seconds to go to hand the Sooners their 36-34 halftime lead.