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February 3, 2014

Sooners follow their biggest win of the season with toughest game

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NORMAN —

The challenge, just as it has been all season, is to get a game like that from Campbell and Griffin, but also get it from leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, who’s averaging 19.6 points per game, but has netted just 26 total in her last two games.

Sooner coach Sherri Coale believes it’s a credit to her team that it keeps getting back up after getting knocked down, and if the Sooners can exhibit what’s propelled them back up against the Lady Bears tonight, they might just stay up.

“When we play with that immersion, that energy — that’s such a vaporous kind of word, but it’s real, it’s what ignites us — we’re really good, we’re really effective, there’s nothing we can’t handle,” she said. “When we don’t have it, we’re very average, we’re very mediocre.”

The energy required to play that way has hardly been a permanent fixture on the court this season, but “it’s happening more often than not,” Coale said.

That’s progress, and it’s made a big difference in a victory at then-No. 11 Iowa State Jan. 21 and two days ago when OSU visited.

Now it’s Baylor, on Big Monday, on ESPN2, back inside Lloyd Noble Center. Perhaps OU’s time has come.

“We’re a long way from home,” Coale said Saturday afternoon, “but this is another positive step.”

Beat the Lady Bears and the Sooners will be much closer, indeed.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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