NORMAN, Okla. (11/27/07) North Texas couldn’t weather a powerful Oklahoma start, falling to the No. 9 Sooners 79-42 on Tuesday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Jenna Plumly opened the game with a three pointer for the Sooners (3-2), igniting a 14-0 run in the game’s first four minutes that North Texas (5-3) wouldn’t overcome.
“I was definitely pleased defensively with our game plan,” said Slinker. “We forced them into a lot of turnovers. But when you are playing a top-10 team you have to score, and we just couldn’t keep up with them. We played hard and were able to work on some things that will really help us in conference play.”
Courtney Paris ended her 64-game double-double streak in OU’s last outing against Mississippi State, but didn’t take long to get on track against the Mean Green. The junior All-American piled up 11 first-half boards en route to a 19-point, 22-rebound and five-block effort.
North Texas settled down after the first media timeout and gave OU fits defensively. Amber Jackson landed a jumper and Kelli Buckley racked up a steal and layup to spark a 5-2 NT run. The Mean Green trailed 38-20 at the break, but forced 26 Sooner turnovers on the night.
Jo Hall was a bright spot for the Mean Green with nine first half points, including an impressive three-point play over Ashley Paris. Hall finished with a team-high 13 points and three steals.
Amber Jackson also reached double figures with 11 points.
The Mean Green couldn’t get anything going on the perimeter against the Sooners. NT was 0-for-11 From beyond the arc, marking the first game without a 3-pointer since Middle Tennessee in January.
Plumly, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have any troubles from downtown. The OU sophomore connected on five 3-pointers as OU was 6-of-20 as a team on the night.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday against SMU at the Super Pit.