NORMAN — College basketball's rule changes were implemented to give offensive players more freedom of movement and increase scoring, and maybe the game will eventually improve.
But the strict, no-tolerance attitude Thursday night inside the Lloyd Noble Center turned the Sooners' 82-78, Preseason WNIT semifinal win over Gonzaga into a glorified free-throw shooting contest.
“It's difficult because you don't know from game to game what kind of game is gonna be called,” said Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves.
“Obviously I can't comment that much on it, but it's frustrating.
“I don't know if it's gonna make our game better or not. I assume that we'll all adjust to it at some point, but tonight it was in full fashion.”
Gonzaga and Oklahoma were called for 32 and 22 personal fouls, respectively, Thursday night. The Sooners could've won more comfortably had they been more efficient from the line; OU missed 15 of its 49 free-throw attempts.
“I thought we were really trying to show our hands defensively and play the ball with our feet, and trying to beat them to the spot,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “They're a hard team to guard.”