“I do think that their post game, maybe for the first time in a long time, rivals their perimeter game,” Coale said. “That's not a slight to the perimeter guys at all ... Poppens is so good on the block, both in getting position and rebounding.
“She's just one of those kids that everybody wishes they could coach because of how hard they compete.”
Oklahoma brings a six-game winning streak into Tuesday's game in Ames. In the Sooners' last game — Saturday's 65-55 home win over Texas Tech — senior forward Joanna McFarland scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high tying 16 rebounds.
“Every game is a challenge in this league, but going to Ames is a big deal,” McFarland said. “They're very, very good on their home floor. They usually are at least 10 points better at home.”