NORMAN– In a battle for second place in the Big 12 Conference, the Oklahoma women’s basketball team suffered a 72-68 loss to Iowa State. It was the Sooners’ second loss of the season to the Cyclones after losing 82-61 a month earlier in Ames.
The Sooners had five players called for at least four fouls, including four starters fouling out. The foul trouble was too much for an already thin lineup to overcome. Due to injuries to several key players, Oklahoma has used just an eight-player rotation for much of the season.
“It wasn’t a very pretty basketball game,” Coale said. “I don’t if I’ve ever had four of five starters foul out.”
Fouls played a huge part in this one with Iowa State being the beneficiary of most of the calls. The Cyclones hit 27 of their 34 free throws, including going 7 of 8 in the final 40 seconds of the game to help seal the victory.
ELLENBERG LIMITED WITH ANKLE INJURY
Oklahoma guard Aaryn Ellenberg was limited in the second half after she re-aggravated an ankle injury.
Ellenberg limped to the bench after a missed jump shot with 13:15 remaining. She returned to the game five minutes later after Sharane Campbell picked up her fourth foul.
“It’s been better,” Coale said. “I think she tweaked it early in the game and was affected by it a little bit.”
Ellenberg still managed to play 34 minutes.
Oklahoma struggled all night to find a rhythm offensively due in large part to 18 turnovers, nine in each half.
“If it was a crucial possession, we turned it over,” guard Morgan Hook said.
The Sooners also struggled to hit shots in first half, shooting just 36 percent.
The Sooners fell to 8-4 in Big 12 Conference play while the Cyclones improved to 9-4 and gained possession of second place in the current standings.
PACK THE PLACE PINK
Oklahoma held its seventh annual “Pack the Place Pink” game against the Cyclones. Pink T-shirts were placed on every seat in the Lloyd Noble Center for fans to wear in support of the battle against cancer.
The Sooners also wore pink uniforms for the event.
Oklahoma will be at Kansas this weekend for a 1:30 tipoff on Sunday afternoon.