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December 29, 2013

Coale wants to make sure Sooners are ready for Big 12

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NORMAN —

“Sometimes you just have to go through some stuff to be willing to be led in that direction.”

Which leads to today.

At 2 p.m., Samford (3-8) tips off with the Sooners inside Lloyd Noble Center. It is OU’s final non-conference game this season. On the night the football Sooners meet Alabama inside the Superdome in New Orleans, the Sooner women will be opening the Big 12 Conference race against Texas Tech inside United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

“It’s really like you start all over again,” Coale said. “Here’s your exhibition, although it counts, and then we jump right into the real thing, which is the conference race.”

How Coale plans, exactly, to increase her presence and influence isn’t exactly known. It may all be in the delivery.

“There’s no doubt that this is a pivotal time for our team and as the leader of the group,” Coale said, “I have to do a better job of directing our identity and not allowing us to be half of one thing and half of another.”

Under Coale, it has been OU’s way to eventually find itself and eventually surpass expectation. The Sooners’ last run to the Final Four, in 2010, was like that. The same could be said of 2011 and 2013 runs to the Sweet 16.

Here they go again?

“I think we’ll get there,” Coale said. “Just not as quickly as we hoped.”

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