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February 15, 2013

Sooners frustrated as Cyclones earn victory for free (throws)

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NORMAN —

When the stretch concluded, the Cyclones led 65-57. The Sooners were never closer than the final score.

In her postgame media session, OU coach Sherri Coale chose her words carefully, clearly making points about the officiating without taking issue in any way that should have repercussions with the conference.

“We shot better from 2 than they did. We shot better from 3 than they did. We shot better from the free-throw line than they did. We had more rebounds than they did. We had more assists than they did and we lost,” she said. “That doesn’t happen very often.”

The point?

Iowa State attempted 34 free throws and hit 27. OU attempted 14 and hit 12. The 25-point discrepancy was much too much to overcome.

By the time it was over, four different Sooners — McFarland, Aaryn Ellenberg, Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell — had fouled out, a first since Coale took over the program in 1996.

After committing only eight first-half fouls, OU was whistled for 18 post-intermission. The 26 total is the fourth-most ever whistled against a Sooner women’s team.

Asserted Coale, OU was left with few options.

“We tried to run our shooters off screens and got called for illegal screens, so that didn’t work,” she said. “We tried to throw it into the post and got called for illegal post-ups, so we couldn’t do that any more. We were a little bit handcuffed … Shots are hard to come by when you can’t create them for one another.”

Nicole Griffin, Campbell and Ellenberg all finished with 14 points, though the first two both hit 5 of 10 from the floor while Ellenberg canned just 5 of 16.

Christofferson led the Cyclones with 27 points and 11 rebounds. She hit 11 of 14 free throws, matching OU’s charity chances all by herself.

Morgan Hook added 13 points and six assists for OU. McFarland, despite foul trouble, led everybody with 11 rebounds.

A tough night for the home team, OU must wait until Sunday to do something about it away from home when it tips off at 1:30 p.m. inside Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse.

Clay Horning

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