NORMAN — Oklahoma captain Morgan Hook doesn't hedge words when discussing her team's embarrassing loss at Iowa State nearly a month ago.
“We watched film, and all of us were disgusted,” said the junior guard. “It was like a freak show. None of us were playing to any of our capability. Iowa State probably has a different image of us, and we need to show them who we really are.”
The Sooners (18-5 overall, 8-3 Big 12) get that chance Thursday, when the Cyclones (17-5, 8-4) visit Lloyd Noble Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Oklahoma carries a two-game win streak into Thursday's game; the Sooners routed Bedlam rival Oklahoma State on Sunday.
The Cowgirls jumped out to an early lead, but OU rallied to take the lead by halftime, before playing a complete second half on its way to what became a comfortable victory.
One key to the Sooners' second-half success was rebounding, an area in which they struggled Jan. 15 at Iowa State.
Oklahoma was out-rebounded 47-27 that night and lost 82-61.
“We were embarrassed on the boards,” said coach Sherri Coale. “We did not block out. As poorly as we shot, we had a chance to win the game had we just blocked out.
“You look back on it, and it's not such a sore spot, because it's the spot from which we've grown. It's the thing that kind of woke us up. From that point forward, we've been a progressively improving rebounding team.”