NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's basketball team continues to grind out wins through the early Big 12 Conference schedule.
The Sooners rallied from a halftime deficit Wednesday at TCU to win 85-79, stretching their winning streak to five games and their conference record to 3-0.
“The road is really long; we are proud of what we have done,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “I am proud of our mentality and composure. We have been through a lot and to steady ourselves and play at the level we are, I am very proud.
“But it doesn't mean anything if you go home and stub your toe on Saturday.”
That's what Coale's team will try to avoid Saturday inside Lloyd Noble Center, when it hosts Texas Tech at 7 p.m.
The Sooners entered the season with high expectations; senior guard Whitney Hand said these Sooners' ceiling was higher than that of any of her past teams.
But season ending injuries — including Hand's career-ending ACL tear — shrunk the roster to eight healthy players in early December.
Coale added a couple borrowed volleyball players to help out, but things still seemed grim before Oklahoma began Big 12 play Jan. 2 against West Virginia.
The 3-0 conference start hasn't been easy; OU trailed at halftime in two of the three wins. But at TCU this week, two veteran leaders' double-doubles helped the Sooners pull out an important victory.
Senior forward Joanna McFarland scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and junior guard Morgan Hook — OU's only still-healthy captain — scored 11 points to go with her 12 assists.
Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 26 points in the TCU win.
“Our second-half effort (was the difference),” Hook said after the game. “The first half was not Oklahoma basketball.
“It came down to four minutes left, we looked at each other and said, ‘We are not losing this game.' Three-and-0 is a great spot to be in in the Big 12.”
NO. 16 OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS TECH
When: 7 p.m. Saturday