FORT WORTH — “Our discipline to go inside tonight was huge,” Coale said. “Joanna McFarland, I thought, was amazing, as was Morgan, and I thought (Ellenberg’s) toughness down the stretch was really impressive.”
It had to be frustrating for both teams. Despite fantastic offensive basketball, neither could pull away.
“We were playing so well, at times, that in other games, you might be up 10 or 15 (points),” TCU coach Jeff White said. “And you look up and it’s a four-point game.”
Both teams began on a 100-hundred point pace. With 10:51 remaining in the first half, TCU led 27-25. Eventually, the heat wore off, but only so much.
The Horned Frogs finished shooting 44.6 percent (29 of 65) and 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from 3-point land. The Sooners made 49.2 percent (31 of 63), but went cold from distance, settling for 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point land.
The difference was OU’s ability to execute down the stretch on both ends of the floor.
“It came down to four minutes left and we all looked at each other and said, ‘We’re not losing this game,’” Hook reported. “We all got together and just came out fighting.”
The Sooners scored nine points over their last four possessions. The Horned Frogs scored two — the game’s last two — after OU had run off its nine.
“We didn’t want to lose this game … We just said, OK, we’ve got to do this,” McFarland said. “We’d played well, but we just had to pull it through.”