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February 15, 2013

Sooners frustrated as Cyclones earn victory for free (throws)

NORMAN — It wasn’t revenge Oklahoma wanted against Iowa State on Thursday night at Lloyd Noble Center, but redemption.

Big losers at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 15, the Sooners didn’t care for the way they shot the ball, rebounded or their (lack of) toughness. With the Cyclones in their own gym, it was a chance to make things right.

Until it all went wrong.

OU committed 18 turnovers, watched its leading scorer suffer through a 4-of-15 shooting night from the field, missed a slew of shots within a few feet of the basket and received absolutely no help from the officials.

No. 24 Iowa State (18-5, 9-4 Big 12) claimed a 72-68 victory and stole the conference’s second position from No. 22 OU (18-6, 8-4) along the way.

“When you go on the road, you have to be in attack mode and when we’ve lost a couple games, we’ve been a little timid,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. “I thought tonight we got off the bounce and made some good decisions.”

That’s one side of the story.

Both teams struggled to sustain any momentum most of the game. An early shootout — OU led 20-18 8:54 before the half — it was only 27-27 at the half.

Two free throws from Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson made it 49-49 with 8:18 remaining. Then everything that could go wrong for OU did and most of it involved whistles.

Iowa State scored on nine straight possessions, hitting 9 of 10 free throws over the stretch. During the same span, Sooner forward Joanna McFarland picked up her fourth foul with 6:20 remaining and her fifth only 12 seconds later trying to take a charge from Christofferson.

McFarland had position, but one foot in the semi-circle, no-charge zone under the basket. It was harsh irony considering McFarland’s third foul, with 11:26 remaining, was a charge of her own, when Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens had both feet in the same arc.

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