Coale didn’t like a lot of what she saw but understood it in the wake of Hand’s absence.
“It’s a reflection of just being caught up in the emotion of it and trying to fight your way out of it and trying to find your role,” she said. “And that will get better. That will get a lot better.”
Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting, though they seemed to come quietly, Nine of those points came in the last 4:50, when Vanderbilt’s slimmest lead was still nine points.
The Commodores were led by Christina Foggie’s 17 points and 16 each from Tiffany Clarke and Jasmine Lister. They shot 43.1 percent (28 of 65) but a cool 55.6 percent from 3-point land.
More than the first half giveaways, Coale was irked by the first-half defense.
“We were trying to get back in a zone and just standing there and letting them throw the ball to the wing and the kid shot it,” Coale said of the Commodores’ early 3-point barrage. “We weren’t even attempting to guard them.”
OU got within six points, 41-35, with 16:44 remaining. The Commodores responded with an 11-2 run. The Sooners had no answers.
It wasn’t close again.
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