No. 13 Oklahoma edges Iowa State
Robinson moves into fifth place on Sooners' career scoring list
The Associated Press
NORMAN, Okla. -- Danielle Robinson scored 20 points and No. 13 Oklahoma rebounded from its most lopsided loss of the season by beating No. 22 Iowa State 65-62 on Saturday.
Oklahoma (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) scored just one basket in the final 11 minutes, but got key free throws from Robinson and Jasmine Hartman in the final 45.5 seconds to pull out the win after blowing a 14-point halftime lead.
Iowa State (16-6, 4-4) had a chance to tie but didn't get a shot off after Hartman's two free throws with 8 seconds left.
Oklahoma remained in sole possession of third place in the conference behind Baylor and Texas A&M. The Sooners aree 19-3 all-time against Iowa State at home.
Kelsey Bolte led Iowa State with 23 points. The Cyclones lost despite outrebounding Oklahoma 38-26, in good part because they committed 24 turnovers to the Sooners' 11.
Iowa State had won its previous three games while the Sooners were coming off a 92-70 loss at No. 1 Baylor.
A 3-pointer by Bolte gave Iowa State a 60-59 lead with 2:23 left, and Chelsea Poppens' bucket with one minute left made it 62-59, but the Cyclones didn't score again.
Robinson entered the game ranked No. 2 on Oklahoma's career free-throw percentage list, but she'd missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with the score tied in the final minute of a loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 26. This time, she hit two with 45.5 seconds left to pull the Sooners within a point.
After Oklahoma's Whitney Hand forced an Iowa State turnover by tipping an inbounds pass by Lauren Mansfield off of Bolte, Robinson drove to the basket and was fouled. She hit two more free throws with 27.7 seconds left to give Oklahoma the lead.
Mansfield missed a 3-point attempt for Iowa State and Hartman rebounded with 8 seconds left.
Oklahoma led 38-24 at halftime despite going more than 5 minutes without scoring during one stretch. Iowa State wilted under the Sooners' tough defense, committing 15 first-half turnovers.
Oklahoma led 24-15 before consecutive three-point plays by Christofferson pulled Iowa State within 24-21 at the 7:20 mark. The Cyclones managed just one basket the rest of the half as Oklahoma closed on a 14-3 run, capped by three consecutive 3-pointers by Aaryn Ellenberg, Ellenberg again and Carlee Roethlisberger.
Iowa State never led until Christofferson hit two free throws to put them ahead 57-56 with 4:31 left. She scored 14 points.
Ellenberg scored 15 points for Oklahoma while Hand had 10, along with five steals.
Former Oklahoma star Rosalind Ross, who died last Sept. 15, was honored at halftime of the game, attended by dozens of the program's former players. The Sooners warmed up before the game in outfits bearing Ross' No. 33.
Ross, who started on the Oklahoma team that reached the 2002 national championship game, was shot to death while in a vehicle at a fast-food restaurant in her hometown of Milwaukee. She was a first-round WNBA draft pick in 2002 but did not play in the league.
Robinson's 20 points moved her past another star of the 2002 team, Stacey Dales, and into fifth place on Oklahoma's career scoring list.