The 2015-16 season ended for the Oklahoma women’s basketball team on Monday in Lexington, Ky
Host Kentucky defeated the Lady Sooners in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
The Lady Wildcats, the No. 3 seed in the Lexington Region, broke open a close game after the first quarter and gradually pulled away from No. 6 seed Oklahoma to post a convincing 78-59 victory.
The Lady Sooners trailed by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 20-19, and were down by eight points at the intermission. Kentucky stretched its lead to 10 points after three quarters and closed out the game with a 23-12 final quarter to punch its ticket to a sixth Sweet 16 appearance in the past seven seasons.
Gioya Carter and Peyton Little, both juniors, led the Sooners in scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Oklahoma had difficulty finding a shooting rhythm on the offensive end and were held to just 27.3-percent shooting for the game on 18 of 66 from the field. Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats made four more field goals than the Sooner women on eight fewer shots for a 38-percent shooting percentage.
The big difference in the game was at the free-throw line. The Sooners were called for 26 personal fouls, giving Kentucky 19 more foul shots than Oklahoma. The Lady Wildcats scored 29 points on 38 free throws. By contrast, the Lady Sooners shot only 19 free throws in the game, making 16 of them.
The Oklahoma women finished the season with an overall record of 22-11. Head coach Sherri Coale’s Oklahoma team was making its 17th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.