Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners come together down stretch run

After losing four of their previous five games, some players began to realize their program's 13-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances might be in jeopardy.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 8, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) passes around Baylor's Niya Johnson (2) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Baylor beat OU, 86-64. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) passes around Baylor's Niya Johnson (2) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Baylor beat OU, 86-64. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“I think there were some really good decisions made by our team about committing to the process and making sure we finish this out the right way,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.

Asked to further explain “committing to the process,” Coale said it's a message she constantly preaches, but can be difficult to put into action during long stretches that include lots of games.

“It's like one of those things that's easy to say,” Coale said. “‘Are you really doing it? Are you really committing to the process or are you worrying about the end result?'

“We went for a little spell there where we were really worried about the end result. ... (When) all those games are piled up on top of one another, you have a tendency to get into that thing.”

The Big 12 regular season proved that after Baylor, almost any team in the conference is fully capable of beating any other squad.

If OU gets past West Virginia (17-12, 9-9), it faces a likely semifinal match with Iowa State — which won both regular-season meetings with the Sooners — before encountering Baylor in Monday's championship game.

“We're the three seed, and we can still do whatever we want to do with the year,” Hook said. “I think when we realized that, it was just like a breath of fresh air. All of us know what it takes now and what's at stake.”


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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