Oklahoma basketball: OU women fall to Vanderbilt

Oklahoma lost 76-63 to Vanderbilt inside Lloyd Noble Center, where the Sooners' improved second-half effort wasn't enough to overcome their staggering 15 first-half turnovers.
by Jason Kersey Modified: December 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012
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photo - OU's Sharane Campbell (24) tries to steal the ball from Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Sharane Campbell (24) tries to steal the ball from Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Senior forward Joanna McFarland, who grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, was one Sooner whose fervent effort Sunday was evident throughout the entire game.

McFarland missed six games last season with a broken jaw, and said it would be “disrespectful” to play with anything less full effort.

“This is my senior year, and I love these girls,” McFarland said. “We have four people who can't play. So, every minute that you're on the court, you're representing them.

“To not play your heart out is disrespectful, and I didn't want to disrespect my teammates.”

Oklahoma, which next plays Thursday at home against UC-Riverside, turned the ball over 20 times Sunday, resulting in 23 Vanderbilt points.

Four Commodores scored in double figures. Christina Foggie had 17 points to lead Vanderbilt (8-3).

“You just go in the gym every day and try to get better,” Coale said when asked how the team can improve with its Jan. 2 conference opener looming.

“You pay attention to the things you can control. ... There are lots of things that we can control that we didn't do very well today.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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