NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's basketball team returns to action Sunday afternoon, when it hosts 14th-ranked Iowa State inside Lloyd Noble Center.
Here are three things to watch as the Sooners try to improve to 2-0 in Big 12 play against the unbeaten Cyclones:
Oklahoma lost all three meetings with Iowa State last season, and it was largely due to Iowa State's overwhelming advantage inside the paint.
In the three games combined, Iowa State — led by standout forwards Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens — outscored Oklahoma 104-62 in the paint.
Poppens is gone, but Christofferson is back, averaging nearly 21 points per game this season.
The Sooners outscored Texas Tech 32-10 in the paint in Thursday's Big 12 opener, but Iowa State presents a much greater challenge for senior center Nicole Griffin and sophomore forward Kaylon Williams.
Iowa State's size and physical dominance can often get opposing teams into foul trouble, and that's exactly what happened in all three meetings with Oklahoma last season.
Forward Joanna McFarland — a senior last season and the team's leading rebounder and best inside presence — fouled out in all three games against Iowa State. In the Cyclones' 72-68 win last February in Norman, four Oklahoma players fouled out.
Through 12 games this season, Iowa State opponents are averaging nearly 21 fouls per game.
Griffin has managed to stay out of foul trouble for much of this season so far, but Williams — who comes off the bench as one of the team's most aggressive players — has fouled out twice.
Hook vs. Moody
This game also features a matchup between two of the Big 12's better point guards — Iowa State junior Nikki Moody and Oklahoma senior Morgan Hook.
Hook averages 6.1 assists per game, and Moody averages 5.8 so far this season.
Both players are critical to their team's success, and the winner of this individual matchup could determine whether the Sooners or Cyclones remaining unbeaten in Big 12 play.