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January 26, 2013

Sooners believe they’re prepared for Lady Bears


WACO, Texas —

Griner may be the nation’s best player, but Odyssey Sims is arguably another All-American. And last season in Norman, they were just two of six Lady Bears to score at least 10 points and only two of five to grab at least five rebounds.

OU shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who’s averaging a tops-in-the-league 21.2 points against conference opponents, yet who made only 6 of 25 shots against Baylor last season, believes the Sooners don’t have to worry about mental toughness.

“I think we’ve been through so much that (facing Baylor) is really nothing compared to what we’ve had to deal with,” Ellenberg said, referencing all the season-ending injuries the Sooners continue to deal with this season. “I’m excited and I know that everybody else is, too.”

That should help. A revitalizing week of practice should help, too. Really, the Sooners need all the help they can get. That’s just the way it is against the No. 1 team in the country.

Clay Horning

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