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Oklahoma faced an uphill battle with Texas on Saturday. It was even more difficult with the absence of a key player.
Shaina Pellington didn’t play in OU’s 76-67 loss due to an unspecified violation of team rules. The sophomore guard has come off the bench the past six games, but is second on the team with 14.4 points per game.
OU coach Sherri Coale declined further comment about Pellington’s violation.
• Light comes on: With Mandy Simpson sidelined due to a face injury, freshman forward Nydia Lampkin came off the bench and scored a career-high six points.
“She did some good things. We want her to be able to play longer,” Coale said. “She gets really fatigued really fast and gives into [it]. But she had a nice drive and post move and finish, so you see what the future is for her. She’s got a really high ceiling.”
• Robertson’s effect: Freshman guard and leading scorer Taylor Robertson scored in single figures for the fourth time in five games, netting eight points.
One of her signature big nights from the 3-point line would have been critical in potentially taking down the Longhorns. She is 8 of 23 from beyond the arc the past five games.
“I thought we did some good things to try to get T-Rob free,” Coale said. “But the ball would have the attention of the defense and the ball couldn’t see her when she was open. A good team is not going to leave a good shooter open for more than a few seconds. Our timing was off a little bit on that.”
• Tip-ins: OU will travel to Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. OSU swept the Bedlam rivalry last season. … Freshman guard and Westmoore product Jessi Murcer made her third straight start and scored five points.