Louisville's women's basketball team came back from 15 points down to defeat Oklahoma 97-92 in overtime Sunday in front of 7,358 energetic fans at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
The game saw several swings before the final buzzer sounded. No. 11 Oklahoma jumped out to a 17-2 lead early in the matchup before No. 5 Louisville clawed its way back and took a 48-43 lead into halftime. Then the Cardinals extended that lead to 13 points in the second half before it was Oklahoma’s turn to rally and go up.
The Sooners held a five-point lead and the momentum with 1:28 left in regulation, and led by 3 points with 23 seconds left on an Aaryn Ellenberg jumper that put them up 85-82. Louisville’s Jude Schimmel sprinted down the court for a quick layup, which Oklahoma countered with one of two free throws to stay up 86-84. But Schimmel did a quick repeat of her sprint layup to send the game into overtime.
Louisville controlled most of the overtime, yet Oklahoma had a couple of good looks to tie the game late but they didn’t go. The victory gave the Cardinals their first Preseason WNIT title, and they did it with five players scoring in double figures in each of the team’s tournament games. Along the way, Louisville defeated No. 14 LSU, Quinnipiac, and Loyola.
Louisville’s Sara Hammond was voted MVP for the tournament. She was joined by teammate Asia Taylor; Oklahoma’s Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell; Haiden Palmer of Gonzaga; and Theresa Plaisance of LSU. Members of the All-Tournament team come from teams that advance to the Preseason WNIT semifinals or further.
Sunday, Nov. 17
No. 5 Louisville 97, No. 11 Oklahoma 92, OT