Oklahoma (3-0) guard Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 21 points and the Sooners held the No. 25-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-1) scoreless in the final three minutes of the game to secure an 82-78 win and advance to the WNIT Championship.
Oklahoma will host No. 5 Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network. Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and Ceal Barry (analyst) will be calling the action.
Oklahoma trailed 78-75 following a Gonzaga layup by Haiden Palmer with 3:25 left in the game. However, the Sooners used a 7-0 run in the final three minutes to hold off a tough Bulldogs squad.
OU’s Kaylon Williams finished with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds and teammate Sharane Campbell added 13 points and five boards.
Palmer led the Zags with 19 points and Lindsay Sherbert chipped in 14 and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Sooners are playing and hosting the WNIT Championship for the second time. In 2008, OU lost to North Carolina 80-79 in the title game.
Two top-15 teams are playing in the championship game for the first time since 2011 when No. 1 Baylor battled No. 2 Notre Dame.
Louisville Advances to WNIT Championship, Defeats LSU, 88-67
All five Louisville (3-0) starters scored in double figures as the No. 4/5-ranked Cardinals defeat No. 14/16 LSU (2-1), 88-67, and advance to the WNIT Championship.
Forward Asia Taylor finished with a game-high 23 points and ten rebounds in the win for Louisville. Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection Shoni Schimmel added 15 hitting seven of 11 shots from the field. Antonita Slaughter chipped in 12 points; Sara Hammond and Bria Smith both finished with 11.
The Cardinals shot 57.8 percent from the field and held the Lady Tigers to 37.3 percent. Louisville also controlled the boards outrebounding LSU 45-33.
LSU’s Theresa Plaisance and Raigyne Moncrief each finished with 13 points, while Jeanne Kenney added 11 coming off the bench.
Louisville only trailed once in the game and led by four at halftime (40-36). However, the Cardinals outscored the Lady Tigers 48-31 in the second half including a 21-0 run at the 5:30 mark.
WNIT Championship Game
Sunday, Nov. 17 @ 4 p.m. ET
No. 5 Louisville at No. 11 Oklahoma, 3 p.m. CT