NORMAN — One step forward, one step back.
Following Oklahoma's 76-75 women's basketball loss to West Virginia on Thursday — when the Sooners blew a 12-point lead in the final 12 minutes — the preseason Big 12 Conference favorite is 6-6 in league play and seemingly incapable of establishing any game-to-game momentum.
The Sooners have alternated wins and losses over their last six games entering Sunday's Bedlam tilt in Stillwater.
“We are making steps in the right direction,” said senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg. “We are continuing to get better, and we just need to work on the end of the game and making plays when it really counts.”
Oklahoma (15-10 overall, 6-6 Big 12) led 44-33 at halftime and increased its lead to 14 two minutes into the second half on a Gioya Carter jumper.
But from that point on, the Mountaineers (21-3, 10-2 Big 12) fought their way back into the game as the Sooners missed free throws and watched Carter, center Nicole Griffin and forward Kaylon Williams foul out.
Oklahoma went 0-for-9 from the field with six missed layups over the final 6:42 of the game.
“We had multiple opportunities to stretch our lead and didn't,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “Missed a bunch of really good looks.”
Oklahoma made 26 of its 38 free-throw attempts Thursday, missing six in the final 2:16 of the game while trying to cling to its lead.