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Texas A&M eliminates OU women from Big 12 Tournament

Texas A&M pulled away for a 79-66 victory over Oklahoma (20-12) in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals Friday.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma's fate now rests in the hands of the women's NCAA Tournament selection committee.

Texas A&M pulled away for a 79-66 win in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament semifinals Friday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium, continuing a six-week trend in which the Sooners haven't won, nor lost, back-to-back games since January.

Most projections have the Sooners (20-12) as a No. 8 or 9 seed at a regional they'll host next week at Lloyd Noble Center.

“That's too low,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “Look at our RPI. Goodness gracious. I haven't looked at it in several days, but last week we were a 15 RPI and 6 strength of schedule. And we finished second in this league. Come on, that's worth more than an 8 or 9.”

OU, though, hasn't been ranked in the top 25 since the opening month of the season. That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see a No. 1 or 2 seed in Norman with the Sooners being a 7 or 8 seed.

“I don't know where they'll put us or who they'll send to Norman to play us,” Coale said. “I wouldn't want to be a committee member in that room. They have a tough job.

“And there's been a lot of upsets across the country that I think will affect things. In a crazy sort of way, that may help our seeding because there were some teams who won their conference tournament that nobody expected that to happen.”

Regardless of their draw the Sooners must get off their win-one, lose-one roller coaster.

Coale said guards Aaryn Ellenberg, Morgan Hook and Hand must play well for OU to make it to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in seven years.

“Obviously, we need some post production,” Coale said. “But we'll get what we can get there. Those three have to be on top of their game for us to be able to win consecutively in the tournament.”

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