NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's basketball team has a consistency problem this season, and coach Sherri Coale isn't quite sure how to fix it.
“If I knew the answer to that, you wouldn't have to ask the question,” Coale said. “That's why consistency is so important. If there was a magic recipe for it, everyone in the country would be and it wouldn't be an issue. There's a lot involved in it. Every kid is different and every collection of kids is different. Every scenario is different.”
One thing that has been consistent, though, with Coale's program is Bedlam dominance in Norman. The Sooners haven't lost to Oklahoma State inside the Lloyd Noble Center since 1998, even as the Cowgirls' program has risen to prominence in recent years.
Oklahoma State will try to end that streak Saturday afternoon, when it travels to Norman for a 2 p.m. tip.
Almost everything about Saturday's game would seem to favor the Cowgirls, who are 18-2 and ranked No. 11 in the country. Oklahoma lost all the momentum it had built up over a two-game winning streak Wednesday night, when the Sooners lost at Kansas State.
Oklahoma State is led by senior guard Tiffany Bias, who is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.
“They're really good in transition because Tiffany Bias is so fast with the ball, and they all run,” Coale said. “They're seasoned. They know how to play off of each other. I think Bias is the key. She's just a really, really good player.”
Last season in Norman, Bias managed only six points on 2-of-14 shooting. Less than two weeks later, though, when the teams met again in Stillwater, she scored 17 points.
“It's a pride thing, really,” senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg said of the Sooners' Bedlam success at home. “When you play on your court, you don't wanna lose at all. And now, you're playing the person you don't particularly like, so there's extra incentive at stake. And we usually get a really good crowd every time they come here or we go there. That adds to the excitement of everything.”
Senior point guard Morgan Hook echoed that sentiment.
“There's nothing really like Bedlam at home,” Hook said. “It's one of the games we look forward to from the beginning of the season. There's so much energy. It's basically just do or die with an in-state rival, so everybody just brings their A-game on both teams.”