Oklahoma squared off with Texas A&M in the final game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Chesapeake Energy Arena Sunday evening. The Aggies rallied back from a 10-point deficit in the third to defeat the Sooners 74-68.
Tied at 17, the Sooners rallied in the second to take a 37-30 lead into the half. Gabbi Ortiz floated in a layup at the buzzer to make the difference for OU at the break.
The Aggies fought back in the second half.
Trailing 45-35 with 7:36 remaining, A&M pulled out a 21-2 run capped on a 3-pointer by Shawnee graduate Taylor Cooper to go up 56-47 going into the fourth.
Cooper led the Lady Wolves to the Class 5A State Championship with a perfect season in her senior year at Shawnee where she averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds per game. She was given an All-State selection and nominated for the McDonalds All-American game. She played at Oral Roberts her freshman year before transferring to Texas A&M.
The Aggies held off a late surge by the Sooners for the win.
Oklahoma suffered from poor shooting in the second half and were beaten off the glass 49-39. The Sooners shot 28 percent on field goals and 37 percent with 3-pointers in the latter. A big drop from the first half where they were 43 and 33 percent.
A&M’s Courtney Williams led all scorers with 23 points in the Aggies victory. Edmond native Courtney Walker had 18 and led the team with eight rebounds. Cooper knocked down the Aggies’ only 3-pointer of the game as her only bucket.
Kaylon Williams led the Sooners with 12 points, Derica Wyatt had 11 and Maddie Manning put up ten.