OU women's basketball: Sooners try to rebound against Iowa State

Oklahoma has a 2-3 record in the Big 12 for the first time in 15 years.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 20, 2014
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photo - OU's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) dribbles away from Duke's Haley Peters (33) in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Duke Blue Devils at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Duke won, 94-85. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) dribbles away from Duke's Haley Peters (33) in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Duke Blue Devils at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Duke won, 94-85. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma started slow and couldn't rally past West Virginia on Saturday, causing the Sooners to fall to 2-3 in Big 12 Conference women's basketball play for the first time in 15 years.

Things don't get any easier for OU, which travels to face No. 20 Iowa State on Tuesday evening.

The Sooners have lost five straight in their series with the Cyclones, including an 82-75 overtime setback in Norman on Jan. 5.

Oklahoma was the preseason Big 12 favorite, but hasn't looked the part so far in conference play. One problem that has plagued OU all season and was particularly evident at West Virginia is a lack of strong, consistent depth. Senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg has averaged 29.3 points in the Sooners' last three games, good for nearly 45 percent of the team's points over that stretch.

“It really just wore on us because we're playing six to seven players through a rotation, so when they're coming in fresh it's a little harder to keep that same intensity,” Ellenberg said after the West Virginia loss.

Coach Sherri Coale is also waiting for someone to take firm hold of a starting spot with usual starters Ellenberg, Morgan Hook, Sharane Campbell and Nicole Griffin.

Sophomore Nicole Kornet and freshman Gioya Carter have gone back and forth as the Sooners' fifth starter, but they're averaging 5.3 and 5.4 points per game, respectively.

One thing that could work in Oklahoma's advantage against Iowa State, though, is that the Cyclones have struggled of late. ISU carries a three-game losing streak into Tuesday's game, and two of those losses have come at home.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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