There are other things from the first meeting the Sooners’ can’t afford to repeat.
They can’t afford to hit less than a third (19 of 60) of their shots and for two of their leaders, Morgan Hook and Aaryn Ellenberg, to combine to make only 7 of 30 shots and 4 of 16 from beyond the 3-point arc. And they probably don’t want to wait until the game’s fifth minute to make their first field goal.
Indeed, so much didn’t go right that night at Hilton Coliseum, Coale’s kind of thankful for it in a backhanded way.
“It’s not such a sore spot because it’s the spot from which we’ve grown,” she said, “that woke us up and said, ‘Hey, we better figure out how to do this or we’re going to be in trouble.”
The sting, though, remains.
“It’s those games where you’re not yourselves, or you don’t play as well as you should or you left something on the floor,” McFarland said. “Those are the ones that just eat at you, and that’s why I think we’re ready to go, ready to erase that bad memory and leave a better one.”
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