NORMAN — Sharane Campbell said Oklahoma learned a lot about itself from Thursday's 72-68 home loss to Iowa State.
“I learned that we fight,” Campbell said. “Four starters fouled out and the bench came in, but we still fought.”
On the flip side, though, there are certainly areas where improvement is needed. She cited OU's nearly six-minute scoring drought in the first half as Exhibit A.
“We were stuck on 20,” Campbell said. “That's not us.
“There were also some 50-50 balls and offensive rebounds we should've gotten.”
The Sooners (18-6 overall, 8-4 Big 12) will look to get back on track Sunday at 1:30 p.m., when they meet Kansas (15-8, 6-6 Big 12) inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Campbell, a former Star Spencer High School standout, spoke with The Oklahoman about OU's foul troubles against Iowa State, her personal improvement and Sunday's matchup with the Jayhawks.
Q: You were one of four starters to foul out Thursday. What do you think caused all those problems?
A: “The game was called touchy. It wasn't the most physical game we've played ... it was just a touchy game.
“But you just have to go along learning. That's every game ... ‘How are they gonna call it?' It's just stuff you've gotta figure out within the first four-minute interval of the game.”
Whitney Hand was so good at grabbing offensive rebounds, and you seem to have assumed that role since her injury. Is that something you've really focused on?
“A couple weeks ago, (coach Sherri Coale) pulled out a stat sheet for everybody. Out of the whole (Big 12) season, I only had nine offensive boards. I was like, ‘Oh, umm ...'
“That speaks for itself. I need to get in there and rebound. Whitney isn't here, so who's gonna crash the offensive boards? I'm one of the bigger guards, so why not me?”
Last week, you guys went to Kansas State and snapped a three-game road losing streak. How important was it to finally get back to winning on the road?
“That was a very big win. Every game is important, though ... whenever you can get any win, it's a good thing.”
This will be OU's first time to face Kansas this season. What sorts of challenges does KU present?
“We've seen that they push the ball on offense, but we can exploit them on defense in transition. If we just give back to them what they throw at everybody, I think we can exploit that.”
NO. 22 OKLAHOMA AT KANSAS
When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Allen Fieldhouse; Lawrence, Kan.
TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28/HD 721, Dish 144, DirecTV 209, U-verse 606/HD 1606)
Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400
Three things to know
Kansas senior guard Angel Goodrich led Sequoyah-Tahlequah to three state titles and one runner-up finish during her remarkable high school basketball career.
The Jayhawks overcame a 23-point first-half deficit to win 76-75 Wednesday at TCU in their last outing.
In its last outing, Oklahoma had its two-game win streak snapped in a 72-68 home loss to Iowa State.