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February 16, 2014

Leader must emerge to challenge Cowgirls

STILLWATER — Most of the postgame analysis regarding the Oklahoma women’s Thursday night 76-75 loss to No. 13 West Virginia revolved around any number of ways the Sooners might have scored two more points.

Several layups were missed. Point guard Morgan Hook and forward Sharane Campbell both missed a pair of free throws in the closing moments. The Sooners missed 12 free throws in all.

However, as OU prepares to meet 12th-ranked Oklahoma State at noon today inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, rather than getting just a little more from everybody, there’s yet another way the Sooners (15-10, 6-6 Big 12) might snare a badly needed victory.

Perhaps one player could simply not let them lose. It is a thought not lost on coach Sherri Coale.

“I think it requires somebody who’s bold, to just say, ‘I’m going to get this done,’” Coale said. “You look at last season and who was that player? (Center) Joanna McFarland, clearly. Time after time, she said, ‘I’m going to get this done.’”

Coale was speaking after practice Friday, one day after the West Virginia loss, and she wasn’t finished, either.

“And you can look (two years) before that, and who was that player,” she said. “Danielle Robinson, time and time again … And this team has, as of yet, (not been able) to present that player.”

Coale’s right.

Nobody has been the kind of player she’s talking about with any consistency.

The Sooners have, though, counted a singular performance they couldn’t have won without this season.

On Feb. 1, at Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners topped the Cowgirls 81-74 in Bedlam’s first chapter behind a 28-point, eight-rebound performance from Campbell that included 8-of-13 shooting and 11-of-11 foul shooting.

Campbell’s big day, stands alone. OU’s other huge singular performances have come in losses: Aaryn Ellenberg’s 22 points and 12 rebounds against Louisville and her 37 points at Texas; Hook’s 24 points against Duke and 26 at Iowa State; Nicole Griffin’s 23 points at Kansas State.

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