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January 18, 2014

Hook trying to balance leadership, playmaking

NORMAN — The season has not gone the way the Oklahoma women might have thought it would go. Losers of six games, and already two in the Big 12 Conference, the Sooners has struggled.

The good news (or bad)?

If OU can win its next two games, not only is it right back in the race for the league crown, but it’s even a step ahead of everybody, save Baylor and Oklahoma State, two teams against which it has four games remaining.

Those next two games, however, are both on the road and the first is today, against West Virginia (15-2, 4-1), a team that should be ranked quite a bit higher than the No. 26 position it would hold if the Associated Press Top 25 were carried out to all vote-getters.

The Mountaineers have lost two games, opening day against Ohio State and Jan. 8 against Baylor, each of them endured on their home floor at WVU Coliseum. West Virginia also owns No. 11 Oklahoma State’s only loss, a 71-67 decision in Stillwater, as well as a stunning 73-59 victory over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum only three days ago.

It was only Iowa State’s second loss, but might have been the Cyclones’ third if only OU could have held a last-minute lead Jan. 5 before falling in overtime. 

And, from the it’s-funny-the-way-things-work-out file, after leaving Morgantown, W.V., the Sooners (11-6, 2-2) next find themselves in Ames, Iowa, finishing off their season series with the Cyclones at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Feeling the weight

Morgan Hook had not been struggling.

While her teammates struggled to find themselves, find consistency or get out of their own way, that had not been a problem for the senior point guard.

Though OU’s non-conference record was a disappointing 9-4, as the Sooners took home-court losses to No. 5 Louisville and No. 3 Duke and road losses at UCLA and Marist, Hook wasn’t.

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