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.
Ellenberg, Oklahoma's leading scorer this season, was held to only 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.
“She is fantastic,” Coale said of Bias. “That kid is gonna play at the next level, and she's going to be good at the next level. There's not really anything she can't do.
“I love her presence on the floor. She's terrific. She is an elite point guard, no doubt about it.”
LITTELL TOUTS BIG 12 STRENGTH
Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said Saturday's result is a perfect example of the Big 12 Conference's overall strength.
“You look at everybody in this league, they've had a tough spot that they've gone through,” Littell said. “That's what makes the Big 12 the best conference in the country. Is there a bottom division to this league? Is there really any easy game within this league?”
Even Texas Tech, which is 0-10 in league play, took Iowa State to overtime, Littell noted.
Bias, on Oklahoma State's team moving forward: “You have to turn the page. There's a lot of stuff we need to work on, and we saw that on the floor. It's coming together as a team and getting through it as a team. Get in the gym, get some more shots up and make some more shots.”