Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners have dominated Bedlam 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.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 31, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma Sooner's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives around TCU Horned Frog's Veja Hamilton (3) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) 63-52 in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives around TCU Horned Frog's Veja Hamilton (3) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) 63-52 in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“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.”


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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