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Sooners cruise past sluggish Jayhawks

February 15, 2004

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— Since winning its first game under interim head coach Lynette Woodard, Kansas University's women's basketball squad had lost three straight games.

Saturday, Oklahoma stretched that streak to four with an 83-59 rout of the Jayhawks at Lloyd Noble Center.

A weak KU offense was no match for the perennial Big 12 Conference power Sooners.

Sophomore Tamara Ransburg was the lone Jayhawk to stand out offensively, pitching in 19 points and adding seven rebounds before fouling out. She also added three blocks and had just two turnovers.

The next-highest scorer for Kansas (9-13, 2-9) was Aquanita Burras, who had nine points. Erica Hallman chipped in seven points and six assists.

The Sooners, however, had no point problems. Maria Villarroel led OU (16-6 overall, 6-5 Big 12) with 22 points and six rebounds, Erin Higgins added 18 points and Dionnah Jackson had 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Kansas didn't shoot terribly, there just weren't enough shots to go around. KU was 22-for-49 from the field (44.9 percent), but Oklahoma took 20 more shots and finished 28-69 (40.6 percent).

OU's statistical drubbing didn't end there. The Sooners had 19 assists to KU's eight, 42 rebounds against the Jayhawks' 36, 15 steals to KU's nine, and had just 16 turnovers. Kansas turned the ball over a whopping 25 times, including six by freshman Lauren Ervin.

Oklahoma scored 30 points off turnovers; Kansas scored 9.

Oklahoma's Maria Villarroel (5) tries to gain control of the ball
as Kansas University's Larisha Graves and Tamara Ransburg (22)
defend. The Sooners beat the Jayhawks, 83-59, Saturday in Norman,
Okla.

Oklahoma's Maria Villarroel (5) tries to gain control of the ball as Kansas University's Larisha Graves and Tamara Ransburg (22) defend. The Sooners beat the Jayhawks, 83-59, Saturday in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners attempted a whopping 25 three-pointers, sinking 10, and led 45-28 at halftime.

KU will try to shake its funk when the Jayhawks play host Tuesday to Iowa State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Oklahoma's Dionnah Jackson (35) shoots over Kansas University's
Tamara Ransburg. Ransburg led the Jayhawks with 19 points in an
83-59 loss to the Sooners Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma's Dionnah Jackson (35) shoots over Kansas University's Tamara Ransburg. Ransburg led the Jayhawks with 19 points in an 83-59 loss to the Sooners Saturday in Norman, Okla.

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