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Are Sherri Coale's OU women morphing into a good team?

Oklahoma's women's basketball team hasn't won consecutive games for more than a month. Coach Sherri Coale says the Sooners are still developing. But they enter Big 12 tournament play needing to break that pattern and soon.
By MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: March 8, 2011

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).

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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

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