KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma's women's basketball team hasn't won back-to-back games since late January.
That trend must change or the Sooners won't last long this week in the Big 12 Tournament or next week's NCAA Tournament.
Despite her team's inability to string together wins, OU coach Sherri Coale believes there are reasons for optimism.
The Sooners are one of the nation's top offensive teams whose All-American point guard Danielle Robinson has led them to consecutive Final Fours.
"We're probably somewhat of a mystery for people," Coale said. "Hopefully we're considered one of those really dangerous teams you don't want to see in your portion of the bracket."
OU (20-10) opens the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday night in a quarterfinal matchup at Municipal Auditorium.
But which team will show up? The OU team that was 15-3 overall, 5-0 in league play in late January? Or the team that went 5-7 thereafter, including a loss to Texas Tech in the regular season finale?
Said Coale: "I don't have any idea. Maybe that's part of the beauty of it. I still don't think we've played our best basketball."
Part of the Sooners' inconsistency can be attributed to a challenging schedule. Of OU's seven losses the past six weeks, five were against No. 1 Connecticut, No. 3 Baylor (twice) and No. 8 Texas A&M (twice).
At home, the Sooners played Baylor and Texas A&M to the wire but were blown out on the road.
"I think we demonstrated (against Baylor), how close we are, how much fight and toughness we have,” Robinson said. “Even though we're young we have some veteran leadership to take us where we need to go."
Robinson and Carlee Roethlisberger are the senior leaders. The other veteran is sophomore guard Whitney Hand, who was out with a knee injury until Jan. 2.
When Hand returned, freshman guard Morgan Hook's reserve role was reduced. Last month Coale inserted 6-foot-6 freshman center Nicole Griffin into the starting lineup.
"Roles have changed. Some of them have come full circle,” Coale said. “Some are still morphing.”
Roethlisberger said she and Robinson have the ultimate motivation, especially next week in the NCAA Tournament.
"We're basically at the point each game could be your last," Roethlisberger said. "The consistency needs to come from us upperclassmen. When it does, it will be easy for the young guys to follow."
Big 12 Tournament No. 21 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV: Fox Sports Plus (Cox 267)
Radio: KOKC 1520 AM