|Points||Ellenberg - 22||Moody - 18|
|Rebounds||Campbell - 9||Christofferson - 8|
|Assists||Hook - 5||Moody - 5|
|Steals||Wyatt - 2||Johnson - 3|
|Blocks||Two players - 2||Williamson - 2|
|Player of the Game|
|Aaryn Ellenberg // Sr. // G
Ellenberg scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and hit four 3-pointers as the Sooners defeated Iowa State in Ames for the first time since 2008.
AMES, Iowa -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and Oklahoma earned its first win at Hilton Coliseum since 2008 with a 75-54 victory over No. 20 Iowa State Tuesday night.
The Sooners (12-7, 3-3 Big 12) handed the Cyclones (14-4, 3-4) their fourth straight loss, and third straight at home to match their longest such losing streak in Big 12 history.
“I’m really proud of our team’s focus, intensity, the passion that we showed tonight,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “We needed this badly. Obviously, it’s been a long time since we’ve won in this building.”
Oklahoma’s Nicole Griffin added 12 points and guard Sharane Campbell totaled 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Iowa State closed the OU lead to 34-33 four minutes into the second half. Then Gioya Carter rattled off six straight points and Ellenberg bookended a 20-4 Sooner scoring run with two 3-pointers.
The Cyclones prevented the Sooners’ leading scorer from attempting a shot for more than 13 minutes and held Ellenberg to just two points by halftime.
However, the unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection exploded for a 6-of-10 second half that included a 4-for-8 3-point and 4-for-5 free-throw shooting performance.
The Sooners avenged a Jan. 5 overtime loss to then-No. 14 Iowa State in Norman. In that game, Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley made nine of her 10 field goal attempts for a career-high 29 points. Ellenberg drew Buckley as her defensive assignment and helped hold the Cyclone freshman scoreless on just two attempts in 28 minutes.
“Everybody really made a choice to come out and be aggressive and be responsible for their jobs,” Ellenberg said.
The shutdown defense forced the Cyclones to shoot from the perimeter where they managed just four 3-pointers on 26 attempts. OU outscored Iowa State 36-22 in the paint.
Campbell scored eight straight points in the first half, the last of which put the Sooners ahead 18-16 for a lead they never relinquished.
Oklahoma led 30-26 at halftime.
Nikki Moody scored 18 points for the Cyclones. Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State’s leading scorer, had 15 points and eight rebounds, but fouled out with eight minutes to play.