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February 24, 2013

Sooners roar back only to collapse as Cowgirls win Bedlam

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women did the impossible Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

They could not, however, do it twice and because they couldn’t, Bedlam’s second chapter was a Cowgirls’ operation.

OU’s 83-62 loss was its third in four games and with No. 1 Baylor coming up Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center, only a gargantuan upset will keep it from becoming four of five.

“We have to regroup,” coach Sherri Coale said.

They have plenty to regroup from.

Just maybe, the Sooners and Cowgirls played the most unlikely first half in the history of the sport.

At the game’s third media timeout, 11:53 before the half, OU trailed 23-4. Yet, before the half was over, after a 25-2 run, OU was on top 29-26. Not long after that it was behind again, 34-29, before going into the half down 34-33.

But if coming from so far down to lead, all in the same half and away from home, was some kind of miracle, it was the Sooners’ only one.

OU didn’t convert its second post-intermission field goal until 15:10 remained. It was a Joanna McFarland 3-pointer, and OSU still had an eight-point lead.

The Cowgirls stretched their edge to 51-38 before the Sooners made it 51-45. The score began heading back the other way and never stopped. There’s wasn’t even a hint of a late Sooner rally.

“We didn’t come out (of the half) with the fight we had in the first half,” OU point guard Morgan Hook said. “We just kind of came out there and thought it was going to fall into our hands.”

OU struggled to get going offensively in both halves, but the greater failing was defensive and on the glass.

Though the Cowgirls didn’t approach hitting 50 percent of their shots, finishing at 43.3 percent (29 of 67), the Sooners still allowed two runs, either one of which would win most games

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