The Norman Transcript


March 29, 2013

Whatever ‘it’ is, Coale believes Sooners possess it



Probably at the 2004 Big 12 tournament, when they became the only team ever to win without a first-round bye, topping Texas A&M, Colorado, Kansas State and Texas back-to-back-to-back-to-back on four straight days. And maybe during the 2005-06 regular season, when they went 16-0 in the conference, the freshman seasons of Courtney and Ashley Paris.

It had OU playing at its highest level of the season during the second half of its victory over the Bruins.

After the half, the Sooners scored 43 points, committed only three turnovers, earned an amazing 30 attempts from the free-throw line and, after UCLA tied the game 45-45 with 16:59 remaining, the Sooners were back up 11 points less than 6 minutes later and never allowed the Bruins any closer than nine.

“It’s just everybody dialed in,” senior forward Joanna McFarland said. “It’s everybody focusing on what we’re doing, each time we’re doing it. We don’t have to stop and tell somebody something multiple times … You mess up once, but it’s not happening again. Everybody’s just really focused and it’s really fun.”

Coale’s not even sure how you go about keeping it, though she’s pretty sure trying to strangle it to hold onto it is a surefire way of losing it.

“I think you let it go,” she said. “You sort of shepherd it, but you let it go.”

Then hope it doesn’t leave.

“We’re all really on the same page,” shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg said. “Our connectedness to each other and wanting to stay together is really what’s driving us this time around.”

The Sooners will have to hope that’s enough to keep it going. It would be a shame to let it go now.

“I don’t think it’s the kind of thing you can have for 30 games. I really don’t,” Coale said. “So, we’ll see if we can maintain it this weekend.”

Everything may depend on it.

Clay Horning

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