NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have now faced four Top 25 teams and went a combined 1-3 against them.
Latest to come in and send the Sooners leaving the arena unhappy? The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils used a wire-to-wire performance to knock OU off 94-85 Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.
They leaped out to a double-digit lead midway through the first half thanks to an 11-0 run, and they had a 44-25 advantage at intermission in large part due to 15 first half Sooner turnovers and a plethora of missed layups.
"We let their zone affect our tempo," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "It was passivity on our part. Most of those came from us not being aggressive."
The Sooners came out of the gates in the second half with more energy, quickly trimming the deficit to single digits by the first media timeout.
However, Duke withstood, eventually building it back out to as much as 17 when it was 69-52 with 9:18 remaining.
OU tried to close the margin down the stretch, but Duke never would let OU get closer than seven.
"I wasn’t so much looking at the score," said guard Aaryn Ellenberg. "I was just trying to play possession by possession because I think it was like 19 at halftime. I saw it was nine at one point, but then we just shot ourselves in the foot at that point."
By the time it did so, there was only 40 seconds to go.
Four finished in double figures for each team, with Ellenberg leading all scorers with her 28.
Guards Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell and center Nicole Griffin added 24, 16 and 15, respectively.
Duke guard Tricia Liston, who hit 5-of-10 treys, led her Blue Devils with 23.
Guard Alexis Jones, forward Haley Peters and guard Chelsea Gray notched 20, 18 and 17, respectively.
The Blue Devils outshot the Sooners 53 percent to 47 percent.
They also forced 21 Sooner turnovers, while committing an also large 17 themselves.
"I mean, Aaryn [Ellenberg] and I both, I think, had five turnovers at halftime," Hook said. "As leaders on this team, that can’t happen."
The Sooners get back to action with a 2 p.m. contest next Sunday against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
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