COLLEGE STATION, Texas — First, the Oklahoma women's basketball team lost starting guard Whitney Hand to injury for the rest of the regular season.
Then, due largely to a season-high 29 turnovers, the second-ranked Sooners lost their first Big 12 game of the season Monday and failed to clinch at least a share of the regular-season conference title.
Texas A&M's Takia Starks connected on a driving layup with 6 seconds left, lifting No. 12 Texas A&M to a 57-56 victory over the Sooners before 7,035 at Reed Arena.
“She's a big-time basketball player and it was a big-time play,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “But the problem for us came way before that play. You can't give an opponent the basketball 29 times and expect to win, I don't care how talented you are.
“That was the story of the game.”
Sunday, Hand underwent surgery to repair a fractured left index finger on her non-shooting hand, which she suffered during Saturday's victory over Baylor.
Coale said after Monday's game that she hopes to have Hand back for the Big 12 Tournament, which begins March 12 in Oklahoma City.
With Hand out of the lineup, the Sooners weren't the same team that had won their last 20 games before Monday.
“When Whitney Hand gets well, we'll be a lot better,” Coale said. “She steadies us, she's good with the basketball in her hands.