Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
“We missed some good looks in the second half. We got the ball where it needed to go and missed some good looks. We bogged down after about the midway point of the second half. We had multiple opportunities to stretch our lead and we didn’t. Early in the second half we just missed a bunch of really good looks. I thought the stretch that killed us was when we had a 6-point lead and we missed a layup and they went down and scored and we got it back and missed another layup and then they went down and scored. That was the exchange that got us. It gave them momentum and it gave them confidence and that is when you have to burry teams.”

On the final play of the game:
“We just drew up a tip play and (Nicole) Kornet did a great job of throwing it the length of the floor and Portia (Durrett) went after it. We thought we might get a collision there and get a free throw out of it but TT (T’ona Edwards) did a good job of running it down and clearly got fouled. We had a chance even after all the free throws we missed before that.”

On the way the game ended:
“It is easy to go back to those free throws, and the last kid standing at the line always feels the worst but there were many before that and there were some in the first half. In a one-point game there are a million things that you could point to that, had you done differently, the outcome would have been different.”

On the team’s effort:
“I thought the energy was really good and I thought we flew around. I had no problem with that.”

On the impact of free throws in the game:
“Well we missed 12 and we lost by one so it was pretty large.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On moving forward:
“We are making steps in the right direction. We are continuing to get better and we just need to work on the end of the game and making plays where it really counts.”

On moving up to second on OU’s all-time scoring list:
“It is definitely an honor and a great accomplishment, individually. There are a lot of great players who played here that could really score the basketball, so, it is an obviously an honor. I am still kind of on the game, but I am definitely excited about that.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Morgan Hook
On the loss:
“I thought we came out and fought from the beginning, but, down the stretch we didn’t make free throws and they did. We let them get to the line too many times and then we had our chances to seal the deal we couldn’t convert on free throws.”

On moving forward:
“I just think, short and sweet, we just have to continue to get better and continue to build off of that energy that we have had in the past few games.”


West Virginia Head Coach Mike Carey

On the game:
“Give credit to Oklahoma. They were ready to play first half and we weren’t. They had all the points in the paint, they out hustled us and were ready to play. Sherri did a great job getting them ready to play. I didn’t do a good job getting our girls ready to play evidently. Both teams were in foul trouble the whole game. Nobody could get a rhythm. It’s a shame when you don’t have your best players on the floor at the end of the game, them and us. Both teams battled hard. We fought back and very easily could have folded. If we would have lost, that was the foul at the end there and that was my fault. I should have put a tall person there. Both teams played extremely hard despite no rhythm from either team.”

On how fouls made an impact:
“Again, it just seemed like we couldn’t get in rhythm. They’d get in rhythm and go up 8 and then we’d get in rhythm and go up 8 and then all of a sudden everyone was in foul trouble. They went (to the free throw line) 38 times and we went 27. That’s better than last year when we sent them 46. We’re getting better so maybe next year it’ll only be 33.”