Oklahoma basketball: No. 22 Sooners fall to No. 24 Iowa State

By Jason Kersey Published: February 14, 2013
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Iowa State's Nicole "Kidd" Blaskowsky (15) and Oklahoma's Jasmine Hartman (45) chase a loose ball during an NCAA women's basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Iowa State won, 72-68. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma never trailed in the first half Thursday, and even led by as many as seven points with under three minutes to go before halftime. Iowa State, though, ended the first half on a 7-0 run that tied the game at 27.

The Cyclones committed nine first-half turnovers, but only gave the ball away five times in the second half. OU, meanwhile, committed nine turnovers in each half.

“We did a great job of making better decisions,” Fennelly said of the improvement after halftime. “We couldn’t handle the ball any better, and that was a big part of our ability to get some points.”

Junior center Nicole Griffin, Ellenberg and Campbell each scored 14 points Thursday to lead OU; McFarland grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, but scored only two points.

Iowa State junior Hallie Christofferson led all scorers with 27 points, and also grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Cyclones (18-5 overall, 9-4 Big 12) complete a regular-season sweep of Oklahoma (18-6, 8-4 Big 12) and take sole possession of second place in the conference standings

. Oklahoma returns to action Sunday, when it travels to face Kansas at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2.