In terms of weekends, Oklahoma has experienced better. Much, much better.
The men’s basketball team fell to North Dakota State in an upset Thursday, but there was still a little hope the women’s basketball team could put the pieces to the puzzle together and make a run in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.However, inside the house of the Blue Devils, the Blue Demons of Depaul were too much for an Oklahoma team that left everything out on the floor.
In the first round of the women’s toruney, the tenth-seeded Sooners were in a pickle heading in to the locker room. Depaul led 50-34, and with 20 minutes remaining, Oklahoma could either fold or fight back.
Sherri Coale’s team chose to take it to the wire.
The Sooner women put up 66 on Depaul’s defense in the second half, a point total more fitting for a final score in college basketball.
Oklahoma’s rally was a brilliant one. Aaryn Ellenberg, a senior, led the charge with 36 points. In her final game as a Sooner, she hit seven three point shots and went 12-22 from the field.
Sharane Campbell, a junior, was 6-11 from the field, scoring 22 points for Oklahoma. Campbell was a first 9-9 from the free throw line, and big things have to be expected of her next season.
In Morgan Hook and Portia Durrett’s last game as Sooners, they both scored 11 a piece.
The loss marks Oklahoma’s 15th of the season, and their final record for the 2013-14 season stands at 18 wins, 15 losses.
Depaul received great production from their starting five, who scored 88 of Depaul’s 104 points.
This was a tough way to go out for the Sooner women, and while expectations were not met, Coale and her squad usually have a way of bouncing back.
We look forward to seeing how they respond in 2015.