OSU scored on 7 of 8 possessions to establish its huge early lead. In the second half, the Cowgirls took it from 53-45 to 79-57, hardly enduring an empty possession in a span of less than 7 minutes on the clock. If the Cowgirls missed a shot, they grabbed the rebound and put it back in the basket.
“Giving up offensive rebounds, that’s the statistic that tells the tale,” Coale said. “You can survive not shooting well if you’re not giving other teams extra possessions.”
The Sooners didn’t shoot well — 35.7 percent (20 of 56) — and they got outrebounded 49-36 and gave up 19 offensive rebounds.
Aaryn Ellenberg led OU with 22 of the quietest points she has scored all season. Nicole Griffin added 12 and six rebounds. Nicole Kornet, who came to life when OU struggled from its early deficit with a trio of 3-pointers, added 10 and five rebounds. Joanna McFarland finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Sooners wasted a game in which they committed a season-low-tying 10 turnovers.
OSU had points and rebounds to go around for everybody, with Kendra Suttles finishing with 19 and eight, Liz Donahoe with 18 and eight, Toni Young with 17 and 12 and Tiffany Bias with 17 and four.
“We competed how we prepared for this game.,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “I told (the players) that I never know which team is going to show up, but the good one showed up, and they were good today.”
Like the Cowgirls, especially lately, there has been two sides to Bedlam’s other half. And the good one did not show up for OU.
“It was all us,” Ellenberg said. “We could have controlled everything that happened there, but we didn’t.”
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