With no offense to Bob Stoops, Sherri Coale has been the most successful Oklahoma Sooners' head coach since she took over leadership of the women's basketball team. However, NewsOK.com reported on Jan. 17 that Coale is very disappointed with the Sooners women's lack of energy this year. That was evident in the team's 77-63 loss to West Virginia on Saturday.
When Sherri Coale took over the leadership of the Sooners women's basketball team, the school was almost ready to shut down the program completely, but had to relent when Title IV stepped in. Coale was hired from Norman High School and led the Sooners to the NCAA tournament within four seasons, when they ended up in the Sweet 16.
The point is that Coale knows how to overcome obstacles and build a successful program. In her 17 years as head coach of the Sooners, she has led the team to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances, six Sweet 16 appearances, the Final Four twice and the national championship game once.
This season, the Oklahoma Sooners women were favored to win the Big 12 title but have struggled to an 11-7 record, 2-3 in the Big 12. Now, after a week off to work things out, the Sooners couldn't withstand the West Virginia Mountaineers (16-2, 5-1). Aaryn Ellenberg scored 28 points, but only scored 11 in the second half of the loss.
Oklahoma tied the game up with 11 minutes left but when three of 20 after that and fell behind, unable to catch back up. It was just another disappointing loss for the Sooners in a lackluster season.