NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale read line-by-line through the final statistics Thursday following her team’s 72-68 loss to Iowa State.
“We shot better from the 2 than they did,” Coale said. “We shot better from the 3 than they did. We shot better from the free-throw line than they did. We had more rebounds than they did. We had more assists than they did.
“And we lost. That doesn’t happen very often.”
Oklahoma, though, also committed 26 fouls to Iowa State’s 17, causing four Sooner starters — Joanna McFarland, Aaryn Ellenberg, Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell — to foul out.
“It was not a very pretty basketball game,” Coale said. “That’s for sure. ... I don’t know when I’ve had four or five starters foul out. I’ve never seen it.”
Hook and Ellenberg each fouled out in the game’s final 20 seconds, but McFarland’s and Campbell’s fifth fouls came with around five minutes remaining — and Iowa State beginning to pull away.
“We worked really hard on that the last couple weeks in practice, of being more aggressive, taking the ball off the bounce, trying to get the ball in the post more,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly.
“When you go on the road, you have to be in attack mode. And when we’ve lost a couple games, we’ve been a little timid.”
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.