The Utah Lady Utes stormed out to a 9-1 advantage in the opening minutes of the game Wednesday night against the 16th-ranked women’s Oklahoma basketball team and kept the pedal down for a full 40 minutes in a 124-78 runaway from the Sooners.
The Sooners, playing on the road for the first time this season, closed out the opening quarter on a 7-2 run to draw within six points at 26-20. Oklahoma cut the Utah lead to three earlier in the second quarter, but that was as close as the Sooners would get the remainder of the game.
Oklahoma was outscored 98-58 over the final three quarters as No. 24 Utah had three starters score at least 21 points and three players off the bench in double digits.
Reyna Scott was the high scorer for the Sooners with 15 points off the bench. Fellow reserves Skylar Vann added 12 and Kennady Tucker contributed a season-high 11. The Oklahoma reserves totaled 46 of the Sooners 78 total points. Taylor Robertson led the OU starters with 11 points, including two of four from three-point range.
The loss by the Oklahoma comes on the heels of a 97-74 home win over SMU on back-to-back nights.
The Lady Sooners will next see action on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Schollmaier Arena in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Here are three main takeaways as Oklahoma’s record goes to 2-1 in the second week of the new season:
Utah outscores Sooners 39-9 on three-pointers alone
Utah launched 40 three-point shots and made 13 of them, while Oklahoma was just 3 of 16 from long range. That’s a difference of 30 points.
Oklahoma’s starting lineup totals just 33 points
The five Oklahoma starters contributed just 32 points, with 46 of the Sooners’ 78 points coming from reserves off the bench.
Utah’s rebounding advantage contributed to multiple second chances
Utah had a plus-10 rebound advantage over the Oklahoma women (35-25), and 16 of the total were offensive rebounds, which led to 26 second-chance points. The Sooners had just three second-chance points.