Women's basketball: OU takes winning ways on the road
Astrud Reed, The Oklahoma Daily
The No. 16 OU women’s basketball team hits the road with its six-game winning streak in tow to face off against the No. 24 Cyclones at 7 tonight at Hilton Coliseum. Since losing to Vanderbilt, 76-63, on Dec. 16 at Lloyd Noble Center, OU has won six straight — including four conference wins, locking them in a tie with No. 1 Baylor atop the Big 12.
The Sooners have averaged a 12-point margin of victory during the streak, and junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg has averaged 23 points per game — five points more than her season average.
Ellenberg leads the team in scoring, steals and minutes and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring behind the 2012 Wade Trophy winner and reigning AP Player of the Year, Baylor senior center Brittney Griner.
The Sooners are 14-2 and have won 13 of their last 14, with their only other loss coming to No. 14 UCLA, 86- 80, on Nov. 14 at Lloyd Noble Center. But Iowa State is only the second ranked opponent the Sooners have played this season, and OU hasn’t beaten the Cyclones in Ames since Jan. 9, 2008.
The game also comes just 11 days before OU is slated to take on top-ranked Baylor at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at the Ferrell Center in Waco. Last season, the Sooners lost to Iowa State, 77-71, in Ames despite receiving double-digit scoring efforts from five players: Ellenberg, senior guard Whitney Hand, junior guard Morgan Hook, sophomore forward Kaylon Williams and junior center Nicole Griffin.
Ellenberg led the Sooners in scoring in that game with 19 while adding three assists and a steal. But it just wasn’t OU’s night, as Iowa State’s then-senior guard Lauren Mansfield led all scorers with 22 points, and the Cyclones shot an impressive 52 percent from beyond the arc. OU is 4-2 against Iowa State in the two teams’ last six meetings.