Tough Night for the Sooners

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
West Virginia

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Oklahoma did not get off to the start it needed, and West Virginia rolled over the Sooners 82-58 in the Big 12 quarterfinals Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Mountaineers (20-11) opened the game with 12 straight points and never looked back, leading by as many as 37 at one point in the second half.

Oklahoma (22-9) shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the three-point line. Maddie Manning led Oklahoma with 14 points. Vionise Pierre-Louis was the only other Sooner in double figures with 10. The junior also recorded a team-high eight rebounds.

"I want to publicly apologize to our fans and our administration because that was not what the University of Oklahoma deserves," head coach Sherri Coale said in the postgame press conference.

"It is not the way our institution should be represented. Ultimately, that's on me. It's on me and my coaching staff. We have to find a way to reach our guys emotionally and mentally to get them in a position to perform better than we did tonight."

"We'll get back to work immediately to see if we can unlock the formula, solve the riddle."

Tynce Martin led the Mountaineers with 21 points, while Teanna Muldrow scored 19. 

OU is eliminated from the Big 12 Championship and will now wait to find out its NCAA tournament selection on Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.