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March 2, 2014

Sooners stumble in loss to Horned Frogs

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Oklahoma women picked a bad time to play their sloppiest game of the season.

Because they did, they must presume themselves back on the NCAA tournament bubble with one game remaining in their regular season.

Committing a season-high 26 turnovers and allowing 50 percent shooting to TCU Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, it was the Horned Frogs landing a 76-66 victory over the Sooners.

The Sooners lost despite getting efficient offensive games from their two most important players, Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook, and lost despite shooting 46.3 percent (25 of 54) and 40 percent (8 of 20) from 3-point range, their best shooting percentage on both counts in their last six games.

That was because, in addition to the turnovers — seven more then they’d committed in any game since losing Jan. 8 at Texas — they allowed 50 percent shooting from the Horned Frogs, both overall (26 of 52) and from 3-point land (6 of 12).

It didn’t matter that Ellenberg made 10 of 19 shots and 5 of 9 from 3-point land to finish with 26 points, nor that Hook canned 6 of 10 and 3 of 6 for 17 to go with five assists.

What mattered most were the turnovers. Center Nicole Griffin was tagged with six of them, but Hook had five and Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell both had four.

The Sooners fell to 17-13 overall and 8-9 in the Big 12 Conference with only Monday night’s home game against Texas Tech remaining before the conference tournament begins Friday in Oklahoma City.

TCU improved to 16-13 and 7-10.

The Sooners, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, were never closer than six, 70-64 with 28 seconds remaining, over the game’s last 15 minutes.

Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs with 22 points. Natalie Ventress added 20 and Veja Hamilton finished with 16.

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