The Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team has not had an easy go of the year. Entering into their game on Jan. 11, they had lost two straight games in overtime and had six losses on the season, very much unlike Sherri Coale basketball. Against Kansas State on Saturday, they broke that small losing streak with a nice 61-50 win over the Wildcats.
It concluded a great day for the Oklahoma Sooners, as the men beat the formerly undefeated Iowa State Cyclones earlier in the day in Norman.
Coach Coale said she was happy to get away with the win, and she had every reason to feel lucky. The Sooners opened the game by shooting eight of 25 from the field in the first half of play but still managed to go into halftime with a 23-18 lead. It was uninspired basketball by both women's teams.
Things picked up in the second half with OU outscoring Kansas State, 38-32, to take the win. Aaryn Ellenberg led the way for OU with 23 points while Sharane Campbell finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds. Nicole Griffin added 14 points as well.
After shooting 32 percent in the first half, the Sooners surged in the second half with 50 percent field goal shooting. What won the game for OU was the Wildcats horrible night, shooting 29.5 percent for the game. Leticia Romero led the way for Kansas State with 19 points while Ashia Woods added 10. No one else on the team broke five points.
“All wins are good wins in the Big 12 Conference," Coale said after the game. "You’ve got to take care of your home floor and we did that tonight. Kansas State is young, and they were playing really really hard and scrappy the entire game, and they are only going to get better. I’m just glad to get away with a win.”
The Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team travels to Morgantown next Saturday for a game with West Virginia.