Who: Oklahoma State When: Sun., Feb. 10, 4 p.m. Online: FSN Where: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, Okla.) What's at Stake: Bedlam hits the Lloyd Noble Center as the Sooners meet No. 22 Oklahoma State for the first time this season.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 points as all five Oklahoma starters scored in double figures to hold off Kansas State 74-68 Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
No. 23 Oklahoma (17-5, 7-3 Big 12) survived Kansas State's second-half rally (12-10, 3-7) to escape victorious for the 11th consecutive meeting.
"Kansas State never stops. They are going to fight you until the bitter end," OU Head Coach Sherri Coale said. "We knew that they were not going to go away at halftime. They did not and they gave us all that we wanted and a little bit more. I am proud of our kids' resiliency. They seemed to have an answer every time that it got to a one-possession game."
Sharane Campbell added 14 points for the Sooners and Joanna McFarland totaled 10 points and 15 rebounds for her league-leading sixth double-double in Big 12 play.
Kansas State's Haley Texada scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half as the Wildcats erased a 10-point halftime deficit to keep the game in doubt until the final minute.
After missing 10 consecutive 3-point attempts in the first half, Kansas State's offense ran through Texada, who drove through gaps in OU's zone defense for seven of her 10 field goals.
"She got to the rim," Coale said of Texada. "That is one of those pick your poison kind of things. I didn't do a very good job of making our guys feel secure about what we were doing defensively. We would change and change, we are going to switch and then not switch, now we are going to fire, now we are going to show. We kind of did that so much, that at the end when they began to run the high screen we were just frozen."
Texada beat the Sooners in transititon for a fast-break layup 8 minutes into the second half to close OU's lead two 44-42.
Two possessions later, Mariah White, who totaled 15 points, stripped a rebound for another fast-break layup to make it a 2-point game once more, but that was the closest Kansas State would get to Oklahoma.
Campbell hit back-to-back 3s and Ellenberg, the Big 12's leading 3-point shooter, dropped her fourth trey to put the Sooners up 8 with 5 minutes to play.
"I felt we defended their half-court offense very well," Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson said, "but we when we did not bring individual discipline to an assignment, they had a hot hand in every one of those scenarios."
Texada connected on two free throws with 2 1/2 minutes to play to make it 63-60. However, Oklahoma maintained possession of the ball for nearly one minute and then finished the game making 9 of its final 10 free throws.
Morgan Hook totaled 11 points, eight assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes. Nicole Griffin scored 13 points.
Oklahoma led 35-25 at halftime. The Sooners are 13-0 this season when leading after the first period.
OU connected on 10 of 20 3-point attempts, making seven in the first half.
The Sooners next host No. 22 Oklahoma State in the first round of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. The game will be televised nationwide on FSN.
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