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January 25, 2014

Energized Sooners try to maintain their intensity

NORMAN — Do it again.

Not only is that the challenge of the Oklahoma women tonight at Lloyd Noble Center, but it’s the challenge of their opponent, TCU, too.

The Horned Frogs (12-6, 3-3 Big 12) are riding one of their biggest wins in recent program history, having knocked off Texas earlier this week in Austin. 

Meanwhile, the Sooners (12-7, 3-3) finally won the game they hadn’t been able to win all season when they knocked off No. 20 Iowa State, emphatically even, 75-54, Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

So, when the two teams tip off at 7 this evening, it might be worth remembering that everything OU believes it’s bringing into the contest, TCU might think it’s bringing, too.

About that …

“It was really nice to see the players after the game, to see them enjoy the fruits of their efforts, and they earned it,” OU coach Sherri Coale said of Tuesday night. “They played with great energy and they found out that that energy comes back to you, and maybe therein lies the lesson.”

Coale gave the team a day off Wednesday and Thursday, the first practice after the win, and said she could see a before-and-after difference with her team.

“Every pass didn’t seem so life or death,” she said. “Every shot didn’t feel so heavy.”

At Iowa State, OU shot 47.6 percent (30 of 63), held the Cyclones to 31.5 percent (17 of 54) from the field, got 50-percent shooting and 21 points from leading scorer, senior shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg, while senior point guard Morgan Hook, senior center Nicole Griffin and junior forward Sharane Campbell combined for 31 points.

“We came out and played with more passion, I think, than we’ve played with all year, and that’s the kind of stuff that we have to do to win in the Big 12,” Hook said.

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