OU’s 86-78 loss to the Wildcats ruined the squad’s first chance to at three straight conference victories.
Another opportunity arrived after the Sooners topped then-No. 11 Oklahoma State. Instead, terrible foul trouble and four combined points between Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell, the Sooners’ two leading scorers, conspired to help create an 81-67 home-court loss to Baylor.
“We’ve been here before. We’ve made a statement in a game and then laid an egg in the next game,” Hook said. “Now it’s do or die and everyone knows that.”
Beyond simply playing with great energy, Hook believes there’s one thing the Sooners can do that will make the most difference: talk to each other.
It keeps OU connected and on the same page and it’s come very hard this season.
“When we’re talking and we have that much passion, we can compete with anybody in the country, and when we don’t, we’re bad,” Hook said. “It’s a thing that we can decide to do.
“We have plenty of talent … It’s just deciding whether we’re going to talk or not, which sounds silly, but it’s just been such struggle for us the whole entire year.”
OU can even draw confidence from its 77-63 loss in Morgantown earlier this season. In that one, the Sooners came back from a 16-point first-half deficit to tie the Mountaineers in the second.
“We did a lot of good things and then shot ourselves in the foot with our shot selection and a couple of turnovers,” Coale said. “We’re not that far away, from anything.”
OU has seven games to get it right, and it needs to start tonight.
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