Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson couldn’t get over the rebounding differential.
“The nauseating part,” she said, “was (OU’s) 24 offensive rebounds and it was still a one-possession game with 30-something seconds left.”
OU, which was playing its second straight game without leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, didn’t mind. The Sooners were reveling in barely hitting a third of their shots, and not one of them a 3-pointer (in 11 tries) for the first time all season, yet still prevailing.
“We finally won two in a row and we have done it with our leading scorer in street clothes on the sideline,” Coale said. “I think the guys who were left to compete in this tough situation in (Ellenberg’s) absence have grown exponentially.”
Sharane Campbell came through with her biggest game since netting 28 against Oklahoma State Feb. 1, making 7 of 14 shots and 8 of 9 free throws to finish with 22 and nine rebounds. Center Nicole Griffin didn’t solve her shooting woes, making 5 of 15, but still finished with 13 points to go a game-high 14 rebounds.
Markisha Hawkins led Kansas (12-15, 5-10) with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. CeCe Harper added 14 points and Chelsea Gardner finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Jayhawks led by three at the half, but the Sooners soon took control, eventually establishing a nine-point edge, 45-36, after 15-3 run with 12:24 remaining.
Kansas made it a one-point game once and a two-point game four different times the rest of the way, yet never led or pulled even again.
“We know how to play hard together,” Hook said. “Different people stepped up at different times.”
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