NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 24 Iowa State beat No. 22 Oklahoma 72-68 at the Lloyd Noble Center Thursday to get a regular-season sweep of the Sooners and jump them for second in the Big 12 standings.
The game was Oklahoma's Seventh Annual Pack the Place Pink game used to promote women's cancers awareness and the Play4Kay initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly and Oklahoma assistant coach Jan Ross were recognized among the many others in the crowd of 6,199 who have fought battles with cancer.
"It wasn't a very pretty basketball game, that's for sure," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "I don't know when I've ever had four of five starters foul out. I've just never seen it."
The Sooners could not capitalize after getting the Cyclones frontcourt of Anna Prins and Chelsea Poppens in foul trouble as OU dealt with its own. Four starters fouled out after 18 of 26 fouls charged against OU were called in the second half. Joanna McFarland and Sharane Campbell were the first to go with five minutes remaining, taking OU's leading scorer and rebounder off the floor just after the Sooners cut their deficit to 1.
"We shot better from 2 than they did. We shot better from 3 than they did. We shot better from the free throw line than they did. We had more rebounds than they did. We had more assists than they did, and we lost. That doesn't happen very often."
Campbell, Aaryn Ellenberg and Griffin all chipped in 14 points each for the Sooners, while Morgan Hook added 13 points and paced the offense with a game-high six assists.
Oklahoma never trailed in the first half, but could not pull away from Iowa State, who tied the scored eight times in the first period. The Sooners led by as much as seven after Campbell's 3 with 2 ½ minutes remaining, but Iowa State rallied to bucket the final seven points of the period to tie the score at halftime, 27-27.
Iowa State was outscored by 11 points in the field, but took advantage of 34 free throw, making 27, to maintain its lead.
"We worked really hard on that the last couple of weeks in practice," Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said, "of being more aggressive, taking the ball off the bounce, trying to get the ball in the post more and trying to be more aggressive and I thought we did a good job of it. Obviously, when they were behind in the end, they put us there a few extra times."
The Sooners return to action Sunday, Feb. 17, at Kansas to take on the Jayhawks for the first time this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.
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