“Coming from the point guard position to getting the ball to me and going down and posting up, it’s kind of different from junior college … Here, if you want to have it, you have to work to get it,” said Durrett, who got it against the Lady Reddies.
“They were all good shots,” Coale said of Durrett’s 17 attempts. “They were tough shots. She’s one of the strongest finishers in the lane that I’ve ever had.”
Coale was pleased to give her veterans an easy night; not that they failed to rack up numbers.
In 20 minutes, Hand added 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists without a turnover. Aaryn Ellenberg hit half her 14 shots and finished with 17 points in 17 minutes. Post Joanna McFarland finished with a double-double — 10 points, 13 rebounds — in 19 minutes.
The only bright spot HSU enjoyed was the play of Destiny Smith. Only 5-10, the senior forward finished with a team-high eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Trying to do so much, she also committed seven of the Lady Reddies’ 24 turnovers.
What’s left for the Sooners is the regular season. Heading into it, they appear to be in a good place.
“Every time we step out on the floor, practice or a game,” Coale said, “I walk away feeling a little better than I did before.”
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