Against Kansas State, OU appeared unable to get out of its own way. And, for a change, the struggles of the team finally seemed to find their way to senior point guard Morgan Hook, who scored no points, committed four turnovers against four assists and collected one rebound before fouling out.
But the issues went beyond Hook.
“We were antsy on the perimeter, trying not to make a turnover and trying to get rid of it instead of being confident and convicted about every pass that we make and every drive that we make and every shot that we take,” Coale said.
When not making a mistake becomes your objective, exerting maximum energy can be impossible, as negative mental energy puts the breaks on positive physical energy.
“It’s just bringing more energy and playing with passion, just playing hard,” junior forward Sharane Campbell said, “spreading it throughout the whole team.”
The last thing Coale said before leaving the postgame media session was her strongest statement on the topic.
“That’s something that we’ve been addressing and we will continue to address,” she said. “I’ve got to find five guys that will take the floor and will play with an Oklahoma energy.”
If Coale gets that energy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Sooners will right their course. Of course, if she doesn’t get it, there may be no way they can in what is, once again, a very difficult Big 12 conference path.
Already the losers of six games and two in the conference, OU needs to put some wins together, even as its schedule becomes tougher. At the very least, energy can’t be a problem.
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