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February 26, 2013

Lady Bears too much for Sooners

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NORMAN —

Baylor didn’t come in waves this time, but its dominant stretches were very balanced, with Griner only one of six Lady Bears in double figures.

Destiny Williams led with 16 points, Odyssey Sims added 13, Alexis Prince and Brooklyn Pope each finished with 12 and Jordan Madden had 11.

The Sooners got 19 points from Aaryn Ellenberg, 15 from point guard Morgan Hook, 14 from Campbell and 12 from center Nicole Griffin.

Still, night could almost be summed up by the combined field-accuracy of Joanna McFarland (1 of 6), Griffin (4 of 16), Campbell (4 of 12) and Nicole Kornet (1 of 6).

Outside of their two veteran starting guards — Hook and Ellenberg — the Sooners converted just 23 percent (9 of 39) from the field.

“We had some good looks that we missed and we had some layups that were pretty good looks, too,” Coale said. “That is what (Baylor’s) speed and athleticism can do to you.”

OU’s brightest spot occurred after Griner exited with her second foul 11:37 before the half. The Sooners were down 21-6 at the time, but went on a 14-3 run to make it a four-point game. A little later, at 29-25, OU had two chances to make it a one-possession game.

“I never felt the sense that I had to put Griner back in,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “I felt like we were just going to need to weather the storm.”

In the second half, with Griner in the game, after Baylor had pushed its edge to 21 points, OU rallied within 57-45, but no closer.

Finally, the Sooners have a few days off before Kansas visits Saturday, the last home game of the season.

“Hallelujah,” Coale sang upon being reminded during her postgame media session.

“This,” she said, “is a much needed break.”

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

 

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