Women's basketball: Looking to dunk losing streak
Jeremy Dickie, The Oklahoma Daily
For the first time this season, Oklahoma carries a losing streak following losses to Iowa State and Kansas. Its three key players, Aaryn Ellenberg, Joanna McFarland and Morgan Hook, have struggled with consistency in these losses.
Ellenberg offered a glimmer of hope against Kansas. After having a quiet couple of games she picked it up in the second half and scored 16 points. But her return was not enough.
On Wednesday, the Sooners (18-7, 8-5 Big 12) hope to avoid a hangover of these losses and put their best foot forward against Kansas State.
“I think Iowa State was still kind of hanging on with us,” McFarland said about the loss to Kansas. “We did absolutely everything we could. We played so hard and it didn’t turn out the way we thought it should have.”
“I think we carried that over. We were all fighting really hard and wanted to win, but we were fighting separately. So we just need to get it back together.”
Coach Sherri Coale agreed with McFarland’s assessment.
“I think we were definitely drained from that effort,” she said. “Losses like those are often hard to overcome. Especially when you get off to a slow start…and you miss those first few shots.”
But recognizing the hangover is only the first step. If the Sooners want to win Wednesday night, they’ll have to find a way to overcome the losses.
“[I think you have to] get outside of it and look at the whole body of work and understand, how did we win all those games? Well, doing things we’re really good at, and we suddenly didn’t get really bad at those things. We can still do all that stuff,” Coale said.
“It’s just getting out of the force for a minute.”