NORMAN — Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell kept calling timeouts. The Oklahoma women kept coming. By the time it was over, the Sooners had won so many different ways.
They beat their Bedlam rival 80-61, capturing in-state supremacy for the 27th time in 29 meetings with a Feb. 23 contest in Stillwater pending.
They maintained the second position in the conference standings behind No. 1 Baylor, a half-game in front of Iowa State and Texas Tech and a full game better than both in the loss column
For the longest time, the Sooners (18-5 overall, 8-3 Big 12) even did it without much help from leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, who was stuck on four points until the 11:36 mark of the second half.
That’s when point guard Morgan Hook lost the ball in the lane, only to tap it out beyond the top of the key where Ellenberg grabbed it and let fly. The 3-pointer made it 54-41.
It wasn’t over only because the Sooners weren’t finished, eventually pushing the edge to 22 points before settling on the final score.
OU’s victory was complete.
“This team is growing. They’re getting better,” OU coach Sherri Coale said, saluting her players. “Every day (we’re) getting better … Just growth across the board. Growth with our team.”
After losing badly at West Virginia and winning haphazardly over TCU, it was the game OU had been waiting to play.
The Sooners very nearly shot 50 percent from field, making 31 of 65 and were better than 40 percent from 3-point range, canning 7 of 17. At the same time, OU held OSU to 34.8-percent (23 of 66) shooting and 33.3 percent (3 of 9) from long distance. The Sooners even outrebounded the Cowgirls 45 -38.
OSU (16-6, 5-6) took an early 8-3 lead, but the Sooners were golden the rest of the way, taking the lead for good on two free throws from Joanna McFarland 3:03 before the half.