Austin: One Sooner Minute Makes Huge Difference

By Jean Neuberger - March 19, 2007

For 19 minutes in the first half, it was a great battle between Oklahoma and Marquette, as neither team could really gain control of the game. However, all Oklahoma needed was one Sooner minute, and they got it, outscoring Marquette 8-1 in the last 1:18 of play to take a 29-19 lead into the half.

Here's some quick stats of note here from the first half...

FG Shooting:
Oklahoma: 11-32
Marquette: 5-22

That's a credit to the Sooner defense, who hasn't given Marquette many open looks so far.

Points in the Paint:
Oklahoma: 14
Marquette: 6

Marquette's got a lot of height and size inside...why aren't they fighting harder? I think there's some intimidation there.

Total Fouls:
Oklahoma: 9
Marquette: 10

This actually hurts OU more. Marquette, who plays 10 players, has divided their fouls between a lot of players, while OU's Paris sisters and Amanda Thompson have 2 fouls each, so look for Marquette to really work inside and get them out of the game for as long as possible.

Just music being pumped out here at the Erwin Center. NO POM SQUADS AT THE HALF?!!!!! What's up with that???

More to come as the second half awaits us. For now though, it's the Sooners by 10.

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 08:05 PM on March 19, 2007

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