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OU women's basketball: Sooners' Sherri Coale picks up 500th career win with big comeback

Sherri Coale won her 500th career game in surprising fashion Sunday, as Oklahoma came back from a 22-point halftime deficit to beat Kansas 94-82 in overtime at Allen Fieldhouse.

Taylor Robertson tied her career high with 31 points and Madi Williams scored a career-high 26 in the win.

With the victory, Coale moved to No. 2 in wins in state college women’s basketball history. The only coach with more wins than Coale is Coale’s college coach — Oklahoma Christian’s Stephanie Finley.

“Congratulations to the most energetic, passionate and hard-working coach I know,” Findley said in a statement. “A more true student of the game cannot be found.”

The win broke a tie with longtime Southwestern Oklahoma State coach John Loftin. Findley currently has 629 career wins.

“It’s an honor to share the top spots on Oklahoma’s career wins list with such a high-caliber and high-class Hall of Fame coach. I am proud to call Sherri an alum and friend.”

The Sooners looked dead in the water in the first half, trailing 49-27 at halftime after the Sooners managed just 10 first-quarter points.

Robertson, a sophomore guard, struggled in the first half but came alive after halftime, scoring 25 of her 31 points in the second half or overtime.

Robertson hit five of her seven second-half 3-pointers to help Oklahoma get back into the game.

The big deficit didn’t take long to evaporate as the Sooners scored 29 third-quarter points, with Williams scoring 10 of those.

Williams equaled her career high with 24 points, scoring nine in overtime.

The Sooners dominated in overtime, as Williams controlled things on the interior.

Robertson and Williams combined to go 17 of 30 from the field and 6 of 10 from behind the 3-point line.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Sooners (11-10 overall, 4-5 Big 12).

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Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, shown recently in the Sooners' Bedlam win, picked up her 500th career win Sunday in Lawrence, Kansas. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, shown recently in the Sooners' Bedlam win, picked up her 500th career win Sunday in Lawrence, Kansas. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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