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.”
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.”