NORMAN — As disappointed as Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale was in her team's first-half effort Sunday afternoon, she was equally proud of its resolve in the second.
Still, the No. 17 Sooners couldn't fully recover from their slow start and lost 94-85 to No. 2 Duke inside Lloyd Noble Center.
“Just did not start the game emphatically,” Coale said. “We didn't play with confidence and we didn't play with bravado. It's hard to say why that happened.”
The Sooners (6-3) hung tough with the Blue Devils for the first few minutes of Sunday's game, trailing only 18-17 after senior point guard Morgan Hook scored with 9:42 remaining in the first half.
But from that point until halftime, Duke (10-0) outscored OU by 18 points and carried a 46-27 lead into the break.
The Sooners connected on only 37.5 percent of their first-half field-goal attempts, and recorded a staggering 15 turnovers.
“We kicked it off our foot; we threw it directly to them; we sailed it out of bounds,” Coale said. “It was just contagious and that's when you need the leaders to step in and calm the waters and want the ball.”