Maddie Manning doesn’t have to be an Oklahoma native to get fired up for the Bedlam rivalry.
The former Ankeny star scored a career-high 25 points on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as Oklahoma dropped a 96-82 decision to host Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam game of the season. The rematch will be on Jan. 20 in Norman.
Manning, a graduate student guard, went 11-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and dished out two assists in 38 minutes of action.
Manning, whose previous career-high was 24 points against Tulsa on Dec. 11, 2016, has scored in double figures 13 times in 15 games this season. Her 11 made field goals broke her previous career-high of eight, set on two different occasions.
Manning had nine points in the first quarter as Oklahoma took a 26-22 lead. But the Sooners were then held to a season-low four points in the second quarter, going scoreless for the final 6:21 of the first half.
That allowed Oklahoma State to finish the second quarter on a 16-0 run, giving the Cowgirls a 44-30 lead at halftime. Oklahoma was unable to cut its deficit to single digits in the second half.
The Sooners are now 2-2 in the Big 12 Conference and 7-8 overall. They have qualified for 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the fifth-best active streak in Division I.