Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale pointed out that players from the state always get a little more fired up than most for Bedlam games.
Junior guard Sharane Campbell, from Star Spencer, scored a career-high 28 points in the Sooners' 81-74 victory Saturday, but another pair of local OU players also turned in solid outings.
Freshman guards Gioya Carter (Carl Albert) and T'ona Edwards (Northeast) scored seven and eight points, respectively, providing solid minutes for Oklahoma.
Edwards' eight points were a career-high.
“There is just a great deal of pride on the line whenever you play this game,” Coale said.
For Carter, who has started several games this year but has struggled some while adapting to the college game, Coale hopes Saturday's outing will prove to be a turning point.
“I think it should be,” Coale said. “Her emotion and her passion, I haven't seen that in a long time. It's been a number of weeks since I have seen it and I think that is evidence of being trapped within herself.
“Hopefully, this broke her free and she realized how much fun she can have. … It was not only playing hard, but playing smart as well. I just thought she looked more relaxed.”
COALE PRAISES BIAS
Coale heaped high praise onto Oklahoma State senior guard Tiffany Bias, who led the Cowgirls with 18 points and played effective defense against Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg.