MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia squandered a 20-point lead before earning new life when Katrina Pardee’s 3-pointer tied it at the end of regulation. But overtime became Oklahoma’s time when Vionise Pierre-Louis scored on a buzzer-beating putback to secure a 79-77 win Saturday.
It marked the first win at the WVU Coliseum for the Sooners (14-12, 9-6), who got 20 points from Shaina Pellington. Pierre-Louis collected her 19th career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Naomi Davenport scored 24 points to lead the Mountaineers (19-8, 7-8), while Teanna Muldrow finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
In a topsy-turvy contest, WVU led 30-10 in the first half but fell behind by eight late in the fourth quarter.
“Give our girls credit. I think we were down eight with 40, 50 seconds to go,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “We pressed; we haven’t worked on it all year. It worked out pretty well. We just don’t have enough numbers right now.”
West Virginia point guard Chania Ray had a career-high 12 assists, adding five rebounds and four steals.
The Sooners shot 25-of-35 from the free-throw line compared to WVU making 9-of-14.
“That was a great basketball game between two teams that are really, really fighting,” said Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale. “They played hard, we played hard. They made big shots, we made big shots.
“We haven’t had a senior class to keep it from unraveling in this venue before. We could have tugged our heads and run early, and we didn’t.”