LAWRENCE, Kan. — For 30 minutes the Oklahoma women weren’t the second best team on the floor at Allen Fieldhouse but a very distant second best. And being best the last 10 minutes wasn’t early enough.
Ranked No. 22 but on its way out of the poll, OU fell 81-71 to Kansas Sunday afternoon.
Down more than 20 points in the second half, the Sooners rallied within seven, 60-53, with 5:44 remaining on a layup from Sharane Campbell.
After Kansas pushed the edge back to 13 points, the Sooners had it back at seven, 70-63, with 1:28 remaining. But the Jayhawks hit their free throws down the stretch and that was that.
Yet again, some of OU’s best players struggled. Aaryn Ellenberg came on late to finish with 21 points, but made only 9 of 26 shots. Point guard Morgan Hook hit 3 of 10 from the field and most of her misses were layups.
The bigs were OU’s strength.
Senior forward Joanna McFarland finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for her eighth double-double against a Big 12 Conference opponent. Junior center Nicole Griffin made 8 of 12 shots, finished with 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Kansas was led by Carolyn Davis’ 24 points and 10 rebounds. Monica Engelman added 21 points and five rebounds.
The Sooners fell to 18-7 and 8-5 in the conference. The Jayhawks improved to 16-8 and 7-6.