Women's basketball: Sooners battle hard, but can't seal the deal against Iowa State
The No. 22 Sooners battled hard and kept it close but couldn’t seal the deal late in the second half against an extremely physical Iowa State team.
The No. 24 Cyclones arrived in Norman ready to give the Sooners a run for their money. The Sooners were in an all-out physical war from the start and appeared to be winning it, but turnovers, fouls, and lack of offensive rhythm late in the game proved to be the dagger in the Sooners' heart.
Four Sooners fouled out including two of their main contributors, sophomore guard Sharane Campell and senior forward Joanna McFarland, which put them in a difficult position against an Iowa State team that kept attacking on both sides of the ball.
McFarland and Campbell have been huge for the Sooners lately, playing great on both sides of the ball. When they fouled out it seemed as if the life had been sucked from the team, and from that point on, the Sooners were missing a spark.
Coach Sherri Coale was visibly upset after the game.
“We shot better, had more assists, and had more rebounds and we lost," Coale said. "That doesn’t happen very often.”
Despite four Sooners scoring in double-digits, the Sooners continuously took one step forward and two steps back. They committed 18 turnovers and 26 fouls, which would ultimately keep the game out of reach.
The Sooners leading scorer, junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg, had another off night. Even though she scored 14 points, she just couldn’t get going offensively.
Junior guard Morgan Hook, who played the entire game and recorded 13 points and six assists, sparked an offensive run late in the Second half, but it just wasn’t enough, as the Sooners failed to maintain momentum throughout the game.
“I know for us it was during a crucial possession we would turn it over," Hook said. "Or when we needed a stop they would get an offensive rebound and immediately take our life from us.”
However, Junior center Nicole Griffin had another good game with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Despite the loss, she proved that she can battle it out with the best, no matter how physical.
“It was physical," Griffin said. "Its just frustrating how physical you can be or cannot be.”
The Sooners didn’t play their best game, but they'll look to rebound against Kansas.