NCAA Women's Basketball

Robertson, Williams lead No. 23 Oklahoma's rally past Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Taylor Robertson scored 24 points, Madi Williams added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 23 Oklahoma defeated Kansas 82-68 on Saturday.

The Sooners rallied from an early 12-point deficit and were in total control by game's end. Oklahoma scored the final six points of the third quarter and took a 54-48 lead into the fourth. By the time Williams made a three-point play to reach 1,500 points for her career the Sooners led 58-51 with about eight minutes remaining.

The Jayhawks were within four points with five minutes to go, but Oklahoma responded with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Backup guard Skylar Vann had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Sooners (13-2, 2-1 Big 12). Oklahoma shot 44%, made 10 of 30 3-pointers and connected on 16 of 20 free throws.

Holly Kersgieter scored 16 points and Taiyanna Jackson added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas (9-2, 0-1). Off the bench, Ionna Chatzileonti had 12 points and Zakiyah Franklin 11.

Kansas got off to a fast start, scoring 26 points in the first quarter but the Jayhawks would score 22 points in the second and third quarters combined. Kansas shot 61% in that first quarter but the numbers kept getting worse, including a 3-for-17 start to the fourth quarter. The Jayhawks finished at 38% and missed 16 of 17 3-pointers.

After Kansas led 26-14 after one quarter, Oklahoma bounced back with a 20-6 run to open the second quarter. The lead changed hands twice in the final 10 seconds and a three-point play by Aniya Thomas left Kansas with a 39-37 halftime lead.


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Updated January 8, 2022

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