Bedlam in Stillwater, Okla., wasn’t very “crazy” Sunday – it was predictably all about Oklahoma. Last season, Oklahoma State made a breakthrough by beating the Sooners at Gallagher-Iba Arena behind Andrea Riley’s 45 points.
This year, Riley had 25 points – but that was no match for an Oklahoma team that had six players score in double figures, led by Danielle Robinson’s 18 points. The Sooners were 9 of 13 (69.2 percent) from 3-point range in this game.
And when they shoot like – or even anywhere near that ridiculously good – they are very, very hard to beat with the Paris twins more free to work inside.
Here are the Big 12 rankings through the games of Sunday, Feb. 8:
1. Oklahoma, 8-0: What a week for the Sooners, beating two foes in orange. Up next is Iowa State, though, so it’s time to see how good OU’s 3-point defense is.
2. Baylor, 7-2: Bears still need work on making their offense more consistent; it clicked just long enough to take control in Saturday victory over K-State.
3. Iowa State, 6-2: The ‘Clones have won five in a row, but we must point out four of those were against the North. The victory against the South was at home against TAMU.
4. Texas A&M, 6-3: Aggies got pounded at Iowa State, then took it out on poor visiting Nebraska.
5. Texas, 5-3: What a turnaround for the Horns in the past week-plus, with wins over Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
6. Kansas State, 6-3: Cats came back to prevent an upset by Missouri, then stayed with Baylor until the Bears pulled away. KSU has bye week to prepare for Oklahoma State.
7. Oklahoma State: 3-5: Uh-oh. Cowgirls have to be wary of big February skid, with Baylor and K-State next.
8. Texas Tech, 3-5: The promise of the Big 12-opening victory against Texas in January is fading … especially after the Horns’ 77-46 payback win Sunday.
9. Missouri, 2-7: The Tigers almost knocked off two of their regional rivals this past week. They let K-State slip away in Manhattan, but took care of Kansas in Columbia.
10. Kansas, 2-6: With Texas and Oklahoma next, things could be pretty bleak for the Jayhawks by the end of next weekend.
11. Colorado, 2-7: Rally against Iowa State wasn’t enough; not much to look forward to with upcoming trip to TAMU.
12. Nebraska, 1-8: How soon can next season get here?