Nicole Griffin turned it on in the second half for Oklahoma, and it turned out the 13th-ranked Sooners needed every bit of her 15 points and nine rebounds to survive a spirited North Texas squad, defeating the Mean Green 71-68 on Thursday night.
Freshman guard Whitney Hand scored a career-high 20 points and Danielle Robinson added 17 points and a career-best eight assists as No. 4 Oklahoma beat Marist 83-57 Wednesday night in a tuneup before its showdown against top-ranked Connecticut.
Jessica Breland scored a career-high 31 points as North Carolina (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) held off Oklahoma (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) 80-79 on Sunday in the title game of the Women's Preseason NIT.