“We didn’t think that they were going to give it to us. We knew it was going to be a dog fight all night,” McFarland said. “We knew if we were going to celebrate the way we wanted to, it was going to have to be all business.”
OU trailed by as many as six points, 35-29, 5:11 before the half, but finished the half on a 10-0 run behind four points each from Ellenberg and Hartman.
The Sooners spent the second half, mostly in vain, trying to break away from the Jayhawks. But they finally made it happen over the last 3 minutes with 3-pointers from point guard Morgan Hook, McFarland and Ellenberg.
OU led by 11 before Kansas’ Angel Goodrich knocked down a 3-pointer for the game’s final basket.
“We were playing extremely well and they just wouldn’t go away,” Coale said. “And I think it was just the focus of our kids that they weren’t going to let that game get away.”
McFarland, Nicole Griffin and Hook all added 13 points for the Sooners.
Carolyn Davis led the Jayhawks with 18 points. Monica Engleman added 16, Goodrich finished with 15 and Markisha Hawkins came off the bench to score 11.
When it was over, most of the fans and all of the Sooners remained for about 45 minutes of senior night celebration that honored Lyndsey Cloman, Whitney Hand, McFarland and Hartman.
Though many shed tears, it was still a far more cheerful occasion than senior night last season, when Kansas beat the Sooners 83-77.
Not this time.
“We got our edge back,” McFarland said. “We played with a lot of passion and executed. It was kind of the best of both worlds.”
On senior night, it lived up to the billing.
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