OU(women) 74, SW Missouri St 71

Sunday, December 12th 2004, 3:44 pm
By: News On 6

Southwest Missouri State got a career-high 34 points Saturday from senior Jenni Lingor and 6 minutes from junior Kari Koch — her first action this season. But that was not enough as the Bears fell 74-71 at Oklahoma.

Koch, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year last season, had missed the Bears' first six games with a sprained knee. She entered the game early in the second half and made the only two shots she took, a two-pointer and a three-pointer.

Lingor, who nearly had a triple-double against Missouri on Wednesday, was 12 of 22 from the field and five of six from the line against the Sooners.

Lingor also had seven assists and five rebounds.

“She is a great player that will get a lot of recognition, and she should,” Southwest Missouri coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said of Lingor.

“I really respect what she is doing out there.”

Sophomore Leah Rush led Oklahoma, 5-3, with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Chelsi Welch had 16 points, Laura Andrews 13 and Dionnah Jackson 11 for the Sooners.

“We've been guarding people and rebounding well, but we just haven't been making baskets,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “We made baskets tonight, and we won.”

Southwest Missouri, 4-3, next faces No. 1 Louisiana State in Springfield on Saturday.