NORMAN, Okla. -- Vionise Pierre-Louis had 18 points and six rebounds, Gioya Carter added 16 points and eight boards, and No. 16 Oklahoma used a big second half to beat Southern Illinois 80-48 on Sunday in a season opener.
Oklahoma had just a 38-32 lead at halftime, but the Sooners started the third quarter on an 8-0 run and outscored Southern Illinois 23-2 in the period. The Salukis were 0-of-10 shooting in the quarter.
It was the fewest points allowed by Oklahoma in a quarter since the NCAA started the four 10-minute quarters format last season.
Oklahoma (1-0) was 1 of 16 from 3-point range but made 23 of 28 free throws. Freshman Nancy Mulkey had three of the Sooners' nine blocks.
Rishonda Napier, an all-Missouri Valley Conference selection last season, scored 14 points on 6-of-22 shooting for Southern Illinois (0-1). Kylie Giebelhausen added 12 points after making 5 of 18 shots for the Salukis, who were 19 of 75 from the floor (25.3 percent).
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer speaks with Paul Finebaum about how special his team has been in recent years.