At the 18:20 mark in the second half, it finally dropped. Point guard Morgan Hook took aim and sent her first shot of the second half on a one-way trip to the rim. She did it again at the 16 minute mark and brought the docile home crowd to its feet.
Both shots chipped away at the Cyclones' lead, but more importantly, both shots were OU's first 3-pointers of the game that looked like it could give OU the spark it needed to make a run at the 12-0 Iowa State Cyclones.
But No. 25 Oklahoma couldn't find a way to get their outside shots to fall, en route to the 82-75 loss to No. 10 ISU in overtime on Sunday in Norman. It was the second time OU had lost a contest in overtime after falling to Louisville on Nov. 17.
"I didn't think we played together real well offensively, and I'm not saying we were selfish; there just wasn't a high quality of trust with every pass, every swing and with every drive," coach Sherri Coale said.
At the half, OU hadn't made a basket from behind the arc, yet only faced a two-point deficit at that point. This season, the Sooners have thrived by the 3-pointers, using the shooting threats to open up the driving lanes that has allowed OU to get to the basket. But today's 3-point attempts in the first half were the lowest by a Sooner team and it wasn't because OU didn't have the personnel.
The Sooners had Aaryn Ellenberg and Hook available for the game, two senior guards who typically have been menaces on the perimeter. Tre-specialist Derica Wyatt has also emerged as an outside shooter after tabbing 7-of-11 against UT-Arlington and then following up that solid performance by going 3-of-3 in the next outing against UCLA earlier this year. But only Hook would be the outside sniper, finishing with OU's only 3-pointers during the loss.
"We were a lot more open than we thought we would be and they sagged off (on defense) and it was just our second guessing and hesitating," Hook said about the Sooners' lack of outside presence.
Hook tied her career-high with her 26 point performance, leading the Sooners in scoring while Sharane Campbell finished with 16 points and nine boards.
That second-guessing ultimately allowed the Cyclones to tie the game with six seconds left and then shoot 8-of-8 free throws in overtime play to seal the road win.
"We second guessed ourselves and I have to do a better job of helping them be sure about what we do," Coale said.
Next up OU plays Texas on Jan. 8.
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