STILLWATER — Oklahoma rallied from one poor start to a half Saturday, but couldn't perform the same trick twice.
Oklahoma State outscored OU by 20 points in the second half, routed the Sooners 83-62 and created a regular-season Bedlam split Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Sooners missed 12 of their first 13 field-goal attempts to open the game, allowing OSU to take a 23-4 lead only eight minutes into the first half.
From that point until halftime, Oklahoma hit 10 of 15 shots, scored 29 points and entered the break trailing by just one.
Oklahoma State opened the second half, though, on a 10-2 run from which the Sooners couldn't recover.
“We didn't come out with the fight we had in the first half,” said junior guard Morgan Hook. “We just kinda came out there and thought it was gonna fall into our hands.
“We didn't start the (half) with the same fire we had in the middle of the first half.”
Oklahoma (19-8, 9-6 Big 12) topped Oklahoma State 80-61 when the teams met Feb. 10 in Norman. Since then, the Sooners have dropped three of their last four contests.
Things don't get any easier; OU faces a quick turnaround before Monday's home game against No. 1 Baylor.
Oklahoma junior Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 22 points Saturday; junior center Kendra Suttles led the Cowgirls (19-7 overall, 8-7 Big 12) with 19 points.
“It was all us, really,” Ellenberg said. “We could've controlled everything that happened and we didn't.”
OU coach Sherri Coale pointed to the Cowgirls' 19 offensive rebounds as a key difference in Saturday's game. In total, OSU out-rebounded Oklahoma 49-36.
“You can survive not shooting real well if you're not giving teams extra possessions,” Coale said. “We gave them 19 second shots. It's hard to win, especially on the road.”