Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

February 1, 2014

OU, OSU set for Bedlam clash in women's hoops

Previews for both sides of the matchup

It’s a funny thing.

Bedlam has never been bigger for the Oklahoma women. Also, Bedlam has almost nothing to do with it at 2 p.m. today inside Lloyd Noble Center.

“It always adds a little interest and a little flavor when it’s Oklahoma State,” Sooner coach Sherri Coale said after practice Friday.

It has that much to do with it. No more.

Once again, OU’s season appears to be on the brink after Wednesday night’s loss at Big 12 also-ran Kansas State dropped the Sooners to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

If OU could somehow win its next four games, its world will have changed in a very big way for the better.

Also, the way the season has gone, losing their next four would also seem to be a possibility. And, were that to happen, OU could be in grave danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.

“This game is more than just Bedlam because we have to go win this game for our season,” senior Sooner point guard Morgan Hook said. “We’re trying to get better each and every day.”

The Sooners’ NCAA RPI was No. 42 even before losing at Kansas State. And, after facing the 11th-ranked Cowgirls (18-2, 7-2 Big 12) today, they’ll meet No. 9 Baylor Monday night back at Lloyd Noble Center, then travel to meet Kansas a week from Sunday, then meet No. 20 West Virginia back in Norman.

If Kansas looks like the breather in that stretch, think again. The Jayhawks will be playing at historic Allen Fieldhouse, the same place they topped Baylor 76-60 back on Jan. 19.

Really, today’s Bedlam game is only the beginning of a gauntlet. Also, even if it wasn’t, today would still be the biggest day of OU’s season to date simply because the Sooners so badly need a win.

Coale was asked Friday what the root of her team’s inconsistency has been.

“If I knew the answer to that you wouldn’t have to ask the question,” she said. “That’s why consistency is so important. If there was a magic recipe for (inconsistency), nobody in the country would have it and it wouldn’t be an issue.”

If the Sooners weren’t in such dire straits, Bedlam would be big for Bedlam’s sake in the same way the Bedlam football game seemed so big heading into a frigid day at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Though OU has owned the series pretty much since Coale first took the squad to the NCAA tournament in 2000, the two in-state rivals have split the last four meetings, the home team winning all four. However, what the late Kurt Budke began in Stillwater before his tragic death has been elevated to another level by coach Jim Littell.

“He’s a great tactician, he does a great job with strategy and his kids play really hard for him,” Coale said. “It’s a pretty lethal combination.”

OU thought it was on to something with consecutive wins over Iowa State and TCU, but appeared to have things rolling at Kansas State, up 40-35 at the half, before giving up 51 second-half points.

“Playing with energy” had been the battle cry in the wins over the Cyclones and Horned Frogs, yet Coale reminded Friday that it’s also about what you do with that energy.

“We have to play well and finish games,” she said.

Against a veteran group like the Cowgirls, even playing at home, OU may have little margin for error.

“We have to go out and play every possession,” Hook said.

Text Only
Sports
  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Stocks