After going to the half time locker room down by one the Oklahoma Sooners self-destructed in the second half and fall to Oklahoma State 83-62.
"Giving up offensive rebounds,” said Oklahoma Coach Sheri Coale. “That's the statistic that tells the tale. You can survive not shooting real well if you're not giving other teams extra possessions. They got 19 extra shots. 19 offensive rebounds. It's hard to win, especially on the road."
Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 22 points, Nicole Griffin added 12 and Nicole Kornet 10. Ellenberg passed 500 points for the season with her 19th in Saturday's game. Ellenberg is 57 points shy of passing Caton Hill (2000-04) and Jacquetta Hurley (1983-86) for seventh on Oklahoma's career scoring list. Hill and Hurley each scored 1,653 points as Sooners.
"I thought we fought the first half,” said Ellenberg. “We were down, we got ourselves in a bad spot, and we came back from that. Offensive rebounds, and not being ready defensively, and just a lot of things came together that we didn't respond to, and they hit us. It was all us. We could have controlled everything that happened there, but we didn't."
After falling behind 23-4, Oklahoma used a four-minute, 16-1 scoring run to close on Oklahoma State. OU briefly held the lead before OSU battled back to a 34-33 halftime advantage. The Cowgirls started the second half with a 10-2 advantage and outscored the Sooners by 20 points in the final period.
"We didn't come out with the fight we had in the first half,” said Oklahoma’s Morgan Hook. We just kind of came out there and thought it was going to fall into our hands, and we didn't start the game with that same fire we had in the middle of the first half."
The Sooners have one day to rest then will face Baylor Monday night.
"We have to regroup and go compete,” said Coale. “We really competed against Baylor at their place, and that's what I want our guys to do. They're obviously an incredibly talented team, they're incredibly deep, and we've got a week of conference play left, and we've got to attack and play the way we know we can play, and get ourselves into the Big 12 Tournament and see what happens."
The Sooners and Bears will tip off at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo calling the action.