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Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners get another shot at Iowa State

After an embarrassing outing against the Cyclones last month, the Sooners are out for redemption.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 13, 2013
/articleid/3755091/1/pictures/1953204">Photo - Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) looks to pass around Cal State Northridge's Ashlee Guay (5) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) looks to pass around Cal State Northridge's Ashlee Guay (5) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

A major factor in Oklahoma's rebounding struggles was senior forward — and leading rebounder — Joanna McFarland's foul trouble; she picked up her third early in the second half, and ended up playing only 25 minutes.

McFarland's importance is heightened against the Cyclones, who boast one of the better post tandems in the Big 12 with forwards Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens, and center Anna Prins.

Poppens, a senior, averages 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

But Hook said Iowa State's most important asset is its structure.

“They're really fundamental,” Hook said. “It's not necessarily athletes beating us off the dribble ... they have the IQ, and it's just going out there and defending all their plays. They run hundreds of plays. It's just knowing their structure.”

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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