After struggling through the first portion of their Big 12 season, the Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team turned things around on Jan. 21 and upset the 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones, 75-54. The important thing to take out of this game is the size of the win and the fact that OU had not won a game at Iowa State since 2008.
The win, over a ranked team, should also help Sherri Coales' Sooners team. They had started off the Big 12 season as the favorites to win but then dropped three of their first five games. With the win, they not only beat a ranked team but they also moved ahead of Iowa State in the Big 12 standings. The Sooners are now an even 3-3 in Big 12 play while Iowa State drops to 3-4.
The difference between the two teams in the college basketball rankings is that Iowa State's four losses were all in Big 12 play while the Sooners also lost four non-conference games so far this season as well.
Oklahoma played solid defense and forced Iowa State to attempt to shoot a lot of threes, most of which they missed. The Cyclones finished the game hitting only four 3-pointers in 26 attempts.
On offense, Aaryn Ellenberg had been almost half of the Sooners' offense over the past three games, but this contest was more of a team effort. Oklahoma went up at the half by a score of 30-26 and Ellenberg only scored two of those points. However she came to life in the second half and led the team with 22 points by the end of the game.
Nicole Griffin scored 12 points and Sharane Campbell finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Oklahoma Sooners next face the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. CST.