March 11, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alyssa Hollins scored 10 points in overtime to help Missouri upset No. 13 Oklahoma 70-64 Tuesday in the first round of the Big 12 women's tournament.
The Tigers, who finished last in the Big 12 with only two conference wins, became the first 12 seed to advance past the first round. They will face fourth-seeded Texas A&M on Wednesday.
A 3-pointer by Amanda Hanneman with 15 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime.
Courtney Paris had 30 points and 20 rebounds for Oklahoma (21-8, 11-6 Big 12), which was going for its third straight conference tournament title. Ashley Paris added 12 points and 23 rebounds.
Oklahoma took a 53-50 lead on Courtney Paris' layup with just over a minute remaining in regulation. She was fouled on the shot, but missed a free throw that would have put the Sooners up by four.
Hanneman had a clear path to the basket but instead pulled up for the game-tying 3-pointer. Oklahoma couldn't get a shot off in the final 13 seconds, sending the pro-Missouri crowd into a frenzy and the game into overtime.
After Ashley Paris put Oklahoma up by two to start overtime, Hollins hit a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws to put Missouri (10-20) up by five at 60-55. Oklahoma couldn't get closer than three in the final few minutes and Missouri hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the upset.
Hollins finished with 19 points.
Jessra Johnson hit only 4-of-21 shots from the field but was 6-of-8 from the free throw line to finish with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers. Shakara Jones added 16 points and seven rebounds and Hanneman had 13 points.
It was the first time Missouri had scored at least 70 points since a 77-72 loss to Marshall on Dec. 28.
Danielle Robinson, Big 12 Freshman of the Year, finished with nine points and four assists for Oklahoma, which outrebounded Missouri 62-46 but shot only 33 percent from the field.
Missouri led most of the first half before a late 7-0 run gave the Sooners a 24-21 lead at the break.
Oklahoma looked like it was ready to pull away when it led 30-24 early in the second half, but Missouri followed with a 16-6 run to take a 40-34 lead. Oklahoma tied the game at 40, and the two teams traded the lead several times down the stretch.