NORMAN — Oklahoma shot 61 percent from 3-point range Wednesday night, and that helped the Sooners come back to whip Iowa State 80-51 in a Big 12 Conference women's basketball opener before 5,703 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners (9-3) were 11 of 18 from long distance, getting four 3-pointers each from Aaryn Ellenberg and DaShawn Harden. Joanna McFarland added three more treys. The 3-pointers made up for 11 missed free throws, although Whitney Hand's made free throw with 6:15 left in the first half gave OU the lead for good, 19-18.
OU trailed by seven at one point in the first half.
Ellenberg finished with a game-high 21 points. McFarland added 19 points and nine rebounds. Harden had 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Hand had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Chelsea Poppens had 12 points for Iowa State (9-3). The Cyclones tried to play catch up by putting up 23 attempts from the 3-point range, but they only made six.
Oklahoma plays 2 p.m. Sunday at Texas A&M in College Station.