The Sooners didn't have traction last season. OU didn't win the Big 12 Tournament the past two years but made it to the Final Four both times. All-American senior point guard Danielle Robinson knows the NCAA Tournament defines a season.
"I think we're in a great spot," Robinson said. "We have enough confidence and enough leadership to get us to where we want to go. Even though we came up short here in Kansas City, we're about to start with a clean slate."
In Friday's loss, the Aggies (27-4) never trailed in the second half, even though their star center, Danielle Adams, was held in check with 16 points. She only had three points in the second half.
Texas A&M seized control with an 11-0 run midway through the second half when Adams was sitting on the bench with three fouls.
OU trailed by as many as 16 points. The Sooners closed to within 75-68 but would never get closer.
"The big thing is the NCAA Tournament is a new season," said OU senior Carlee Roethlisberger. "Now it's do or die. That can change people's mindsets. We can't afford to win one, lose one."
OU (21-11) has its most losses heading into the NCAA Tournament since 2005, which was the last time the Sooners were eliminated in the first round.
"Every time we've lost we've come back and learned something new," Roethlisberger said. "We've had a lot of opportunities to learn this season.”