The No. 22 ranked Oklahoma Sooners fell to the No. 10th ranked Iowa St. Cyclones in overtime 82-75. Oklahoma was led by Morgan Hook, who tied a career high of 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting. The Sooners battled back from 10 points down late in the second half to get it to overtime, and unfortunately fell in the extra period.
"I thought we second guessed ourselves." Coach Sherri Coale said "I have to do a better job of helping them being sure about what we do."
The battle of the first half was a battle of seniors between Iowa State's Hallie Christofferson and Oklahoma's Nicole Griffin. While throughout the first half, Christofferson might have beat Griffin in the statistical side, it was Griffin who constantly gave Christofferson fits by forcing turnovers, and taking charges. Griffin showed real growth over their previous meetings.
Oklahoma used an 8-0 run spanning 2:45 midway in the first half to take their second lead of the game. The Sooners led 26-21 before Kidd Blaskowsky hit two three-pointers, giving Iowa State a 30-28 lead with just two minutes left in the half.
Sharane Campbell had 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting for Oklahoma in the first half, and Gioya Carter had six points on 3-of-6 points. Missing was the explosive senior, Aaryn Ellenberg. She struggled, shooting just 1-of-4, scoring four points and turning it over once. She sat for almost seven minutes with two fouls.
It looked like Iowa State was going to pull away in the second half. Jadda Buckley hit a three, giving Iowa State a 62-52 lead with 6:19 remaining in the second half. Oklahoma could have folded, down 10 points, but they fought hard and made it a ball game.
Hook was 7-of-11 from the second half on. A good chunk of her points, nine of them, came in a 4:35 stretch where Oklahoma heated on a 13-1 run, giving the Sooners their first lead since the first half at 63-62. Oklahoma capped off their run off the Hook three-pointer with 2:21 remaining in regulation.
Senior, Aaryn Ellenberg, was really a non-factor in the game, despite scoring 10 points. She fouled out with 6.6 seconds left in regulation, and finished just 2-of-7 shooting for the game. She spent a good amount, 11 minutes on the bench in foul trouble.
Sharane Campbell capped off the Sooners comeback when she picked the pocket of Nikki Moody, she made the lay up with 21 seconds remaining in the game. However, Oklahoma couldn't close the game, as they fouled Moody with 6.6 seconds remaining. Moody hit both and we went to overtime.
Despite Hallie Christofferson scoring 23 points, she earned very point while Nicole Griffin and Kaylon Williams pushed her off her block and made her extend her shots. Eight of her points came from the line, and then she hit a three. Oklahoma did a good job for the most part on the game.
"Every time we needed a stop or something we gave them a lay up or a lane to the rim, " Hook said. "They got and made a three. Their freshman made big shots when they needed it."
Oklahoma just was out of juice in overtime, committing two turnovers, shooting 1-of-5 in the overtime session. The dagger ended up being Buckley's three-pointer with 1:16 remaining in overtime, giving Iowa State 74-71 lead.
It also wasn't very conducive to winning for the Sooners when they miss four free throws in overtime. Griffin missed two free throws to start overtime. She then missed another on a front of a pair, that would have brought the Sooners within one-point. Hook missed one on a front end of a one-and-one that could have cut the game to two.
The Sooners will now turn their attention to the Texas Longhorns. They have an 11 a.m. tip-off at the Frank Erwin Special Event Center on Wednesday. It's a special school day for the Austin schools, and a lot of children will be in the stands.
"After you come of off a loss, you want to go to the next team and beat them," Sharane Campbell said "You want to win, basically."