NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale and her players believe lingering disappointment contributed heavily to Sunday's loss at Kansas.
Three days earlier at home, the Sooners led Iowa State in almost every statistical category — but not the one that ultimately matters — and lost 72-68.
Then inside Allen Fieldhouse, the Sooners missed early shots, which snowballed into a rough first half, an 81-71 defeat and OU's first losing streak of the season.
“It's almost as if they were playing every possession to win the last game, that was already over and we couldn't do anything about,” Coale said.
Oklahoma can't allow those feelings to linger Wednesday, when the Sooners host Kansas State at 7 p.m. inside Lloyd Noble Center.
“We'll either come out and we'll punch them in the mouth ... or we might carry it on a little bit,” said senior forward Joanna McFarland.
“I'm hoping that it's gonna be the former, because we don't need another thing like that.”
In the first half at Kansas, the Sooners made only eight of their 29 field-goal attempts and trailed by 12 points at halftime.
The Jayhawks padded their lead to 19 before Oklahoma rallied, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
“I do think (the Iowa State game) lingered when we were missing almost every shot we took at Kansas at the beginning,” said junior guard Morgan Hook. “We were all like, ‘Here we go again.'
“We have to overcome that, and come back out swinging again and again, no matter how many times we got knocked down.”
Coale said players sometimes forget a few bad early possessions isn't necessarily an indicator of how the game will ultimately play out, and that it's her responsibility to remind players of that.
“Finding a way to lessen the perceived significance of every possession will be really important (Wednesday) night,” Coale said.
“The second you allow yourself to ‘woe is me,' is the second the fatigue sets in. I felt like that's what we played like all day (Sunday), like we were trying to get that monkey off our back. Sort of a malaise that's hanging around.”
OKLAHOMA VS. KANSAS STATE
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman
TV: Fox Sports Plus (Cox 68/HD 715)
Radio: KREF-AM 1400
Three things to know
Oklahoma dropped from the AP top-25 rankings after last week, when the Sooners lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Kansas State lost 80-45 at Oklahoma State in its last outing.
In the season's first meeting Feb. 6 in Manhattan, Kan., Oklahoma won 74-68. OU has won the series' last 11 games.