NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners scrapped and clawed and fought, but they just couldn’t climb back into a game shorthanded against No. 7 Baylor, falling 81-67 Monday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.
Guards Sharane Campbell and Aaryn Ellenberg both fouled out before the first media timeout in the second half, yet they still mounted a rally.
"We were down 16," said OU head coach Sherri Coale as to why she left both in with four fouls.
Trailing 47-31 at intermission and still by 16 when Ellenberg exited, though, the Sooners trimmed the deficit to as few as seven with guard Morgan Hook’s 3-pointer with 10:59 remaining.
It was 57-50 at that point, when Baylor guard Odyssey Sims hit a huge trey of her own.
OU would later get it back down to as low as eight multiple times, but could never truly threaten thanks to Sims’ consistent clutch play.
She finished with a game-high 27 points, while forward Nina Davis and guard Imani Wright added 19 and 15, respectively.
Hook, who moved off the ball, with freshman T'ona Edwards moving to point, primarily following Campbell and Ellenberg’s exits, led the Sooners with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 3-for-7 from behind the arc.
"It was fine," Coale said. "It was just what we needed to do."
Guard Gioya Carter also finished in double figures with 12 points before fouling out with 3:08 to go.
Baylor led the whole way, starting with Sims’ free throws just a minute in.
OU, however, actually won the second half 36-34 after a lackluster opening 20 minutes.
"There's not really much to say, I'm proud of the ones that came in and stepped up," Hook said.
The Sooners (14-9, 5-5 Big 12) will now get back to the drawing board before a 2 p.m. CT Sunday contest at Kansas.