“For the most part (it was) a very solid defensive performance against a team that is very, very hard to guard,” she said. “Kansas State missed some shots … but there’s always a little defense involved with how they’re feeling to get those shots, like if they’re out of rhythm or rushed.”
Meanwhile, while OU shot better than 50 percent (31 of 59) for the first time since winning at Texas on Jan. 5, and parlayed that with its most ball-secure game of the season, committing only 10 turnovers.
It was a good night, all around.
“Tonight was fun, and that’s what we were trying to do,” McFarland said. “We were trying to take a deep breath and go back to having fun because that’s what got us here and that’s what we were really thinking about.”
OU took it’s first 10-point lead 7:39 before the half and pushed the edge to 17 points before a buzzer-beating 3 from Brianna Craig brought the Wildcats within 32-21 at the break.
The Sooners pushed the lead all the way to 27 points with 4:23 remaining, just as Coale brought her starters — or all that she could with a nine-player roster — off the floor.
The Wildcats, led by Brittany Chambers’ 21 points and nine rebounds, closed on an 18-6 run to produce the final score.
A good night for the home team, it was also the calm before a Bedlam storm. OU visits No. 23 Oklahoma State Saturday.
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