The Cyclones swept the Sooners Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams picked up wins, but both games were different than the first match-ups this year in Norman. Bill Fennelly’s team opened Big 12 play at OU on Jan. 4 and loss by 29 points. “It was really the first time all year when a lot of people contributed,” Fennelly said.
Lauren Mansfield netted 22 points (making six three-pointers) and nearly everyone else made a play to fuel the reversal vs. the Sooners.Fred Hoiberg’s team won at Oklahoma on Feb. 4 by making 15 three-pointers. Saturday’s win was keyed by defense. Andrew Fitzgerald, who scored a career-best 27 in Norman, got two in Ames. Scott Pledger, a 17-point scorer, made 2-11 shots. “Melvin (Ejim) and (Chris) Babb, on the defensive end, were awesome in guarding their actions,” Hoiberg said of the Cyclones, who guarded Fitzgerald and Pledger. “They set the tone defensively.” Making adjustments is what coaches do. The results against the Sooners indicate that both Fennelly and Hoiberg are pushing the right buttons. Reader feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow