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January 30, 2013

Women staying upbeat after loss

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How OU fares over the stretch will determine where it finishes in the Big 12 race. If the Sooners can win them all or all but one, they could reach their goal of finishing second, behind Baylor, in the conference race.

“We know if we win these next five games, (which) we know we’re capable of winning, it separates us from the whole pack,” junior point guard Morgan Hook said. “Right now, in second, third, fourth and fifth; all of us have two or three losses.”

“The pack,” in addition to OU, includes Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

“Finishing second in the Big 12, that would set us up for the Big 12 tournament and for the NCAA tournament, with a head of steam going into it,” Hook said.

The feelings have not always been so warm and fuzzy exiting a meeting with the Lady Bears. They weren’t last season when OU fell 89-58 to Baylor at Lloyd Noble Center or after falling 81-54 in Waco.

“When you lose, there are two directions you can go, and we came away from the Baylor game, ironically, feeling confident.” Coale said. “I think it was a demeanor and an aggression and a resolve that our guys understand will win games.”

If the Sooners can win tonight, they could be on their way.

“We’re very excited about taking the floor again,” Coale said. “There’s a sense of urgency.”

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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