“Valentine’s Day is about the heart,” Coach Bill Fennelly said last evening after his team won at Oklahoma. “And, our team showed some heart tonight.”That comment was directed towards his entire team, whose heartfelt play fouled out four of the OU starters and led to 20 more free throw attempts than the home squad. The strongest heartbeats belonged to Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens, who battled relentlessly inside. Christofferson netted a career-high 27 points (with 10 rebounds) and Poppens added 19 points (with eight caroms). Showing heart and playing passionately, however, is only part of the equation. You’ve got to engage your brain and make smart, simple plays too. Fennelly also got sound, intelligent play from his club. Guards Nikki Moody, Brynn Williamson and Kidd Blaskowsky combined to play 104 minutes in a hostile environment. They combined for one turnover. The combination of heart and heady play resulted in a road win over a ranked foe and pushed the Cyclones into second place in the league with five games remaining. It was, indeed, a Happy Valentine’s Day in Norman for the Cyclones.
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