Who: Oklahoma State When: Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m. TV: FS Oklahoma Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena What's at Stake: After flooring OSU, 80-61, on the Sooners' home court on Feb. 10, Bedlam moves to Stillwater.
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's basketball program's 39-year history is marked in adversity and resiliency. The Sooners' 700th victory Wednesday night was anything but that.
Oklahoma (19-7, 9-5 Big 12) shot 53 percent from the field to trounce Kansas State (13-13, 4-10), 72-57, for its 12th consecutive win over the Wildcats. The Sooners needed just 12 minutes to gain a double-digit lead and then carried it for the remainder of the game.
"It was a very solid defensive performance up until the last little bit," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "We got lost in transition a couple of times, but for the most part a very solid defensive performance against a team that is very, very hard to guard."
The win pushed OU into a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12 standings with Iowa State and Texas Tech, who were scheduled with mid-week byes,
and two wins ahead of the rest of the field with four regular-season games remaining.
Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led Oklahoma with 18 points, while distributing a game-high five assists.
Senior forward Joanna McFarland recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while junior center Nicole Griffin scored in double-figures for the seventh consecutive game with 14 points.
"We were just sharing the ball and playing with great poise and great cadence, and that is exactly what we needed to see tonight. I thought our sureness with the basketball was just critical with 14 assists and 10 turnovers. Those are great numbers. We will take those any night."
OU took a 32-21 advantage into halftime and extended its lead to as much as 27 points.
The 6-foot-6 Griffin, who had a seven-inch height advantage on KSU's Chantay Caron, scored seven of OU's first 13 points
as the Sooners aimed their offense through the paint and doubled up the score by the first media timeout.
"When you can establish (a presence in the paint) immediately it's effective," Coale added. "We always tell our post guys that if they have to double guard you, then we can do whatever we want. And they had to make some gambles on if she caught it."
Back-to-back 3s by Ellenberg and Nicole Kornet made the score 24-11 by the 7-minute mark.
The Sooners opened the second half with a 12-5 run in which all five starters scored to take a 44-26 lead.
Ellenberg's final points -- two free throws -- gave OU its largest lead, 66-39, with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
Kansas State was stymied by a Sooner defense that allowed just 7-of-34 shooting in the first period. The 21 percent first-half field goal percentage was the lowest by a Sooner opponent since Feb. 10, 2010, when Baylor made just 19 percent. OU won that game 62-60 in overtime.
The Sooners return to action Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. CT (FS Oklahoma) for round two of Bedlam. OU defeated the Cowgirls, 80-61, in Norman on Feb. 10.
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