“They were relaxed,” Wells said. “They don’t see it as there’s this pressure on them now to repeat.”
Taylor played more relaxed than she has for most of the year, though Wells said that’s been developing over the past few weeks.
Taylor scored 15 points, hitting a pair of critical fourth-quarter 3-pointers, and added what proved to be the game-winner with less than a minute left.
Yu, the lone senior on Shawnee’s roster, scored 19 and controlled the inside with nine rebounds.
Cooper told the pair they needed to be more aggressive, Yu said.
“Mac is such a huge part of our team,” Yu said. “We needed to do it for her. We didn’t work our butts off for nothing.”
Carl Albert star Gioya Carter nearly spoiled Shawnee’s moment.
The Oklahoma signee drilled a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime but couldn’t hit the big shot in overtime as Shawnee held on with the help of freshman Monique Tramble’s free-throw shooting in the final minute.
Carter finished with 25 points.