The Norman Transcript


March 2, 2014

Sooners stumble in loss to Horned Frogs

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Oklahoma women picked a bad time to play their sloppiest game of the season.

Because they did, they must presume themselves back on the NCAA tournament bubble with one game remaining in their regular season.

Committing a season-high 26 turnovers and allowing 50 percent shooting to TCU Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, it was the Horned Frogs landing a 76-66 victory over the Sooners.

The Sooners lost despite getting efficient offensive games from their two most important players, Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook, and lost despite shooting 46.3 percent (25 of 54) and 40 percent (8 of 20) from 3-point range, their best shooting percentage on both counts in their last six games.

That was because, in addition to the turnovers — seven more then they’d committed in any game since losing Jan. 8 at Texas — they allowed 50 percent shooting from the Horned Frogs, both overall (26 of 52) and from 3-point land (6 of 12).

It didn’t matter that Ellenberg made 10 of 19 shots and 5 of 9 from 3-point land to finish with 26 points, nor that Hook canned 6 of 10 and 3 of 6 for 17 to go with five assists.

What mattered most were the turnovers. Center Nicole Griffin was tagged with six of them, but Hook had five and Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell both had four.

The Sooners fell to 17-13 overall and 8-9 in the Big 12 Conference with only Monday night’s home game against Texas Tech remaining before the conference tournament begins Friday in Oklahoma City.

TCU improved to 16-13 and 7-10.

The Sooners, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, were never closer than six, 70-64 with 28 seconds remaining, over the game’s last 15 minutes.

Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs with 22 points. Natalie Ventress added 20 and Veja Hamilton finished with 16.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock Paris didn’t give up when instant success eluded her

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners will have to do the right thing eventually

    Don’t read anything into the non-suspension suspension Oklahoma leveled at true freshman running back Joe Mixon Wednesday....

    July 31, 2014

  • In this case, Sooner fans can rest easy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooner Caravan ended its summer run at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night. OU coach Bob Stoops did not take questions, but one of the major topics was the $370 million renovation to ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014