Sooners tame Wildcats

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners snapped their first losing streak of season, sweeping the season series with Kansas State in a 72-57 victory Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners snapped their first losing streak of season, sweeping the season series with Kansas State in a 72-57 victory Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

And they did it behind a dominant defensive effort that limited the Wildcats to just 30 percent.

"I thought our performance tonight really began with what we did on the defensive end," said OU head coach Sherri Coale.

Guard Aaryn Ellenberg led the way once again with her 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Forward Joanna McFarland and center Nicole Griffin took advantage of an extremely undersized and limited Kansas State roster to put home 15 and 14, respectively.

"I would say I'm pretty confident, yes, especially with previous games," Griffin said. "I've been doing a lot better and being more patient, which is the key for me being better. So yeah, that's like my main focus and I've gotten a lot better at that."

Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers, though, she struggled to 8-of-27 shooting, managed 21 for the Wildcats, while guard Brianna Craig added 12.

And while the Wildcats struggled to find the net, OU shot a healthy 53 percent from the floor.

OU led virtually the entire way outside of an early 4-2 advantage for Kansas State.

From that point, the Sooners used their taller lineup to dictate everything on both ends of the court and seize a 32-21 halftime lead.

"It's very important [we establish that post presence]," McFarland said. "I mean, we want to be something where the team has to guard us. They have to worry about the post because our guard play is really great."

It only got worse from half because of that, as the Sooners led by as much as 27 in the second half.

OU (19-7, 9-5 Big 12) next hits the road for a trip against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Saturday inside Gallagher-Iba Arena before returning home for the final two games at Lloyd Noble Center this season.

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