“We had to have some sort of resolve,” Ellenberg said. “Getting beat at Iowa State and getting killed on the boards was not the ideal situation. We really had to make a statement for ourselves.”
Texas’ terrible struggles continued.
The Longhorns turned the ball over 23 times to OU’s 17 and got almost nothing on the inside from their frontcourt of Nneka Ememkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford.
The duo had a size and athleticism advantage over Sooner center Nicole Griffin and McFarland, yet combined to make just 3 of 11 shots, score nine points and grab 10 rebounds.
A few late garbage-time rebounds gave Texas a 41-39 edge on the boards, but that was a figure Coale, who had focused on rebounding in practice, could handle.
“We had to change the tide and I thought we did,” she said.
Texas’ Chassidy Fussell led both teams with 21 points and nine rebounds, but OU made sure she had little help.
Texas finished shooting 38.6 percent (22 of 57), but nobody joined Fussell in double figures. Gigi Mazionyte was closest, adding nine points.
Coale said the victory might not have been pretty, but the Sooners would take it.
“The only way we wanted to respond,” McFarland said, “was having a lot of energy and fight.”
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