Oklahoma women's basketball: OU hopes to halt Hilton Coliseum skid

Sooners' record under Sherri Coale at Hilton stands just 1-8.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 14, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners' Nicole Griffin (4) goes inside against Tech's Kelsi Baker (41) and Casey Morris (15) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Texas Tech Lady Red Raiders in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners' Nicole Griffin (4) goes inside against Tech's Kelsi Baker (41) and Casey Morris (15) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Texas Tech Lady Red Raiders in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“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.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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