Sherri Coale did more than bring her entire team to the memorial service for OSU coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, who died Thursday in a plane crash. The OU women's basketball coach requested that her players and coaches have a chance to meet with the OSU players and coaches. After the memorial, the Sooners joined the Cowgirls in their locker room, and there were hugs and tears aplenty. “We wanted to go in and give them a hug,” Coale said, “tell them we love them and our support wouldn't stop with today.” Said OSU women's basketball publicist Ryan Cameron, “she’s first class.” Sooner players have been posting messages of support on Twitter since news of the plane crash surfaced Friday morning. The team is also wearing black bands on their uniforms in honor of the victims. “I think Jim's doing a super job with 'em, really taking care of them," Coale said of interim coach Jim Littell. “More than anything, we wanted to be here to show them our support.” COWBOY UP The OSU men’s basketball team left following the memorial service for New York and the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Yet the Cowboys left with heavy hearts. “It has been a tough week on everybody obviously,” said coach Travis Ford. “I probably wish we weren’t leaving (so soon), so we could spend time with the girls.” Ford addressed the Cowgirls in their locker room before leaving Gallagher-Iba Arena. Saturday night, he rented out the local bowling alley, just for the two teams to be together and escape the tragedy, if only for a while. “It was just amazing,” said freshman guard Cezar Guerrero. “We just had the girls there, bowling against them. We had music and food and everything. It was like a little get-together with all of us, and it was just beautiful to see them smiling again and see the family members get their minds off of things.” At some schools, rifts between the men’s and women’s programs exist, due to egos and a sense of superiority. Not at OSU. Ford and Budke were friends who talked and compared notes often. The Cowgirls even have a play called “Keiton,” a reference to the Cowboys’ Keiton Page. “We know the girls team really well,” Ford said. “I had them over to my house this summer with the team. We see them every day. And as I addressed them (last week) and talked to them in the locker room, I told them we all live in the same world. We’re different than football. “We’re doing the same thing. We are practicing. We go through individual workouts. We are preparing for games and it’s with a basketball in our hands, so we understand.” BIG 12 COACHES ATTEND The Big 12 coaching fraternity certainly supported the Cowgirls. In addition to Coale, Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Texas’ Gail Goestenkors, Texas Tech’s Kristy Curry, Texas A&M’s Gary Blair and Kansas’ Bonnie Henrickson, plus some of their staff members, attended the service. Other coaches attending were Nebraska’s Connie Yori, TCU’s Jeff Mittie, Nebraska men’s coach Doc Sadler and Houston men’s coach James Dickey, a former OSU assistant.