The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Local Sports

February 17, 2013

To beat Jayhawks, Sooners must put loss behind them

NORMAN — They say they’re over it. Or that they’ve moved on. Or that, anyway, they must put it behind them. Even if the game remains a bit of a mystery.

The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma women are at Allen Fieldhouse at 1:30 p.m. today to take on a good Kansas team that’s no longer ranked, but figures to be a plenty tough out.

Also, they’re doing it coming off a home-court loss to Iowa State that remains very hard to figure.

The Sooners led the Cyclones in virtually every statistical category three days ago at Lloyd Noble Center, but ended up losing 72-68 after Morgan Hook, Joanna McFarland, Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell all fouled out of a game in which Iowa State attempted 34 free throws and OU attempted only 14.

The loss dropped the Sooners (18-6, 8-4 Big 12) into third place in the conference standings, where they remain a half game in front of Texas Tech. As a matter of pride and seeding at the upcoming Big 12 tournament, they don’t want to drop any further. As a matter of receiving a favorable draw at the NCAA tournament, they don’t want to lose any more ground.

“We just want to finish strong,” point guard Morgan Hook said.

Trying to make sense of the Iowa State loss, the Sooners are trying to focus on what they accomplished: shooting the ball better than the Cyclones, grabbing more rebounds than the Cyclones, creating more assists than the Cyclones; rather than the net result.

“We played hard. We fought,” said Griffin, OU’s center. “It’s like, what else can you do? We knew we did good things, so we’re not down on ourselves.”

One thing the Sooners could use is a big game from leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, whose 19-point average against conference opponents trails only Baylor’s Brittany Griner and Kansas State’s Brittany Chambers.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • T-Wolves take over late

    EDMOND — Had it ended the way it looked like it was going to end, Norman North boys coach Geo Claros was prepared not to be too upset. He liked the way his team was staying after it, even if he didn’t like how it continued a season-long ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fuller Westmoore's Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014

  • Tigers suffer smashing loss to Stillwater in second meeting

    Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback....

    April 16, 2014