MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 21 Oklahoma couldn't turn a strong start into a victory Sunday, falling 82-63 to West Virginia.
Oklahoma opened the game by taking an 11-point lead before Joanna McFarland headed to the bench following her second foul.
West Virginia finished the half with a 23-9 run, helping them to a 34-27 lead at halftime.
“In the first half, they just scored at will, caught the ball anywhere they wanted and we let them run their offense,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “We brought some people off the bench which gave us energy and I thought Bria Holmes came in and gave us some scoring.”
The Sooners came out of the break scoring and cut the lead to three on a Morgan Hook 3-pointer with 17:36 left to play, but the Mountaineers (13-8, 5-5 Big 12) responded with a 13-4 run from which OU never recovered.
McFarland had 14 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds for OU despite playing only 27 minutes because of foul trouble in both halves.
Morgan Hook also scored 14, and Nicole Griffin and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 12 each. Ellenberg, who sprained her ankle Wednesday in the Sooners' win over TCU, started and played 31 minutes. She exited the game briefly in the second half after getting tangled up with a WVU defender.
The Mountaineers got a boost from Holmes, a freshman reserve, who matched her career high with 17 points. She was one of four Mountaineers who scored in double figures. Christal Caldwell led WVU in scoring with 24 points, while Jess Harlee added 12 and Ayana Dunning 11.
West Virginia held Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3) to 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from 3-point range. The Sooners ranked third in the country at 39.5 percent per game.
Taylor Palmer, who scored 30 points in the Mountaineers' 71-68 loss to the Sooners Jan. 2, got into early foul trouble and only played five minutes.
The Sooners are on the road again Wednesday, facing Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., at 7 p.m.