The Oklahoma women’s basketball team has shown significant improvement over its past three games — even with Monday’s atrocious first half showing at Baylor — but still sits at .500 in Big 12 Conference play with two regular-season games to go.
The Sooners appear likely to make their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, but a loss in either Saturday’s game at TCU or Monday’s home contest against Texas Tech would put that streak in jeopardy.
“I think they’re in,” said ESPN women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme, who currently has the Sooners pegged as a No. 8 seed. “They’re not necessarily playing great basketball, but there’s not a lot pushing from the outside right now.
“They couldn’t afford to lose these next two games to relatively bad teams, then turn around and go out early in the Big 12 Tournament.”
Oklahoma went nearly a month without stringing together two consecutive wins, then earned back-to-back home victories over Texas and Kansas with leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg sidelined with a concussion.
Then Monday, Big 12 frontrunner Baylor was thoroughly crushing the Sooners into the second half — leading by as many as 32 points with 15 minutes to go — before an impressive comeback, but Oklahoma still fell short in an 96-89 defeat.
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