AMES, Iowa — Aaryn Ellenberg drained a 3-pointer to start a 15-2 run in the second half that broke open a tight game and sent Oklahoma to its first win in Ames since 2008, pounding No. 20 Iowa State 75-54 Tuesday night.
The Sooners dealt the Cyclones their fourth straight loss, including their third straight at home, matching their longest losing streak in Big 12 history.
The win avenged an overtime loss to the then 14th-ranked Cyclones Jan. 5 at Oklahoma.
Ellenberg hit four 3-pointers en route to 22 points and eight rebounds. Oklahoma led just 30-26 at the half, before Ellenberg scored 10 in the breakaway run deep in the second half. She also guarded Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley (who went off for a career-high 29 on Jan. 5), holding her scoreless.
With the Sooners controlling the paint, the Cyclones had to take their chances from the perimeter. They had much less success there than the Sooners. Iowa State was 2 of 15 from 3-point land in the first half and just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) for the game. Oklahoma was 7 of 21 from the perimeter, led by 40 percent from beyond the arc by Ellenberg.
The Sooners outscored the Cyclones 36-22 in the paint and shot 48 percent from the field, compared to 32 percent from the Cyclones.
Nicole Griffin scored 12 and Sharane Campbell 10 with nine rebounds for the Sooners (12-7, 3-3 Big 12). Oklahoma outscored Iowa State 36-22 in the paint.
The Cyclones (14-4, 3-4) were led by Nikki Moody’s 18 points. Leading scorer Hallie Christofferson, who fouled out with eight minutes remaining in the game, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
OU also got a big boost from the bench, with Kaylon Williams adding nine points in 13 minutes and Gioya Carter providing eight points in 10 minutes. The Cyclones only got three points out of the bench the entire night.
Oklahoma now returns home to tip off against TCU 7 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. It’s the Sooners first game against the Horned Frogs this season. TCU enters the game at 12-6, coming off a 54-48 win Sunday against Texas.
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