NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale has said all season that junior guard Sharane Campbell is the team's energy source and “X-factor.”
Campbell scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Sooners upset No. 11 Oklahoma State 81-74 Saturday inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
“She loves Bedlam,” Coale said. “There is just something special about being born and raised in this state and then playing in that rivalry. You can see it. Sharane was engaged from the very beginning. She was just everywhere.
“She was immersed, and when she's immersed, we're really good.”
Campbell and the Sooners didn't carry any real momentum into Saturday's game, and after tipoff, their best player — senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg — struggled through a difficult first half, making only 1 of 7 field-goal attempts before the break.
Ellenberg and senior point guard Morgan Hook combined for only 17 points, something OSU coach Jim Littell said was a focus for his team entering the game.
Cowgirls senior Tiffany Bias — who led her team with 18 points — defended Ellenberg the entire game and held the Sooners' leading scorer in check.
“When you get 21 offensive boards and score 74 points, you should be in a better situation than we were,” Littell said. “Prior to today, over the last three years, when we had scored 70 points we were 33-0. We did not get it done on the defensive end, but credit OU for getting the ball where they needed to get it and making baskets and making free throws.”