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February 10, 2013

Bedlam meaning just as much as it ever has

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NORMAN —

Last season in Stillwater, now-senior forward Joanna McFarland’s jaw was broken by a wild Cowgirl elbow. That, “and a bunch of other little things,” Hook said, have the Sooners wanting to blow the Cowgirls off the court rather “than it being just like any other game.”

Besides, there are conference finishes hanging in the balance.

“We want them to lose so we can continue to be in second place,” Hook said. “I don’t think we want them to go on winning.”

Coale has been close to OSU’s coaches.

“Kurt and I developed a fun friendship because of the way he was. We both loved Bedlam because it got people in Oklahoma really fired up about women’s basketball,” she said. “It gave us an opportunity to really enjoy the intensity of a rivalry in maybe a way it hadn’t been up to that point.”

Coale has known Littell for a very long time, sending Andrea Crooks and Angel Salazar from Norman High School to play for him at Seward County (Kan.) Community College. Also, after Coale took over at OU, Littell sent Jamie Talbert from Seward County to Norman.

There are no such ties between the players.

McFarland is tempted by one school of thought, but seems to fall toward the other.

“I’m really not a big fan of OSU,” she said. “It’s good that there’s heightened interest in the state when we’re both ranked, like football. When OSU and OU are both really good it’s a more intense and fun game. I guess it’s the same here, but I think we want to beat them really, really bad.”

It shouldn’t be easy.

Coale was quick to praise her opponent.

“Toni Young is a crazy athlete, Liz Donahoe is a crazy scorer, Brittney Martin is probably on track to become rookie of the year in the league, Tiffany Bias is maybe the fastest point guard in the league.”

Seems like a good game.

Even if nobody wants it to be.

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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