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November 10, 2012

Sooners prepared for season-opener and a whole lot more

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Coale will have 10 players in uniform.

She believes she’ll play everybody.

“Last year, I think, we relied on just so few people, like me, Whitney, maybe Morgan,” Ellenberg said. “Pretty much, I think we have it all the way through down to our bench, there’s no drop off. I’m just so excited to see how we’ll do together, because I know we’re going to go far.”

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In Hand, Hook, Ellenberg, Cornet, Campbell, even McFarland, OU is long on 3-point shooting.

They’ve lost posts Lyndsey Cloman to a chronic back injury and Kaylon Williams to a torn Achilles tendon, thinning out their frontcourt, but still they have Griffin, McFarland and Durrett, and will be asking all three of them to be first down the court every possession, because the Sooners plan to return to their running roots like they haven’t in several seasons.

“They believe in playing that way, they believing we can have success that way,” Coale said. “They’re willing to work hard enough to do it, and that goes back to that character issue. We don’t have anybody who’s unwilling to work hard enough to play that way.”

They may not have a superstar. But they appear to have quite the collection of characters and players.

“It feels different,” Hand said. “You walk in the gym and there’s a different look in people’s eye … And, we’re really talented. We don’t have one person that I’m like, ‘They’re OK. They’ll be there in a couple years.’ Everyone’s there. Everyone’s prepared. It’s very exciting.”

Sounds like it.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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