STILLWATER — Oklahoma women’s coach Sherri Coale calls them chippies. They are the point-blank shots that must go in the basket and the Sooners missed a bushel of them in a one-point loss to West Virginia last Thursday.
Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena, OU center Nicole Griffin had one of those with seconds remaining in the first half, her team trailing by six points.
She missed, the ball went the other way, and Oklahoma State scored to end the half.
Like that four-point swing defined the rest of the game, the 12th-ranked Cowgirls began the second half getting points on 10 of 11 possessions.
Officially, Bedlam will go down as a split decision, each team winning in its own gym. Still, Sunday’s 73-57 Cowgirl victory couldn’t have made it more clear where the two programs stand this season.
OU (15-11, 6-7 Big 12) has to be justifiably concerned it might miss the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 seasons. OSU (20-4, 9-4), meanwhile, can work on earning the highest possible seed.
Both teams have five games remaining before the Big 12 tournament begins in Oklahoma City.
Coale didn’t mince words afterward. For her, what happened to begin the
second half was only the flip side of what happened in the first, when OSU jumped out to an 11-2 lead.
“That (lack of) effort and immersion in the moment is absolutely unacceptable for a team that wears Oklahoma on its jersey,” she said. “Unacceptable.”
Also, Coale lamented, it was only the continuation of a season-long pattern.
“All year, we play well one game,” she said, “lousy the next.”
Sunday, no Sooner starter scored more than eight points, and because Coale was searching for ways to get things going, no starter played more than point guard Morgan Hook’s 28 minutes.
The only player to do much offensively was Nicole Kornet, who led the Sooners off the bench with 14 points that included 4 of 8 3-point shooting.