Campbell didn’t draw a connection between her teammate’s fall and her own ascension.
“No, not really,” she said. “Just kept playing.”
But it follows a pattern. Both Ellenberg’s and McFarland’s production have risen considerably in the wake of season-ending injuries to Maddie Manning and Whitney Hand. This time it was Campbell’s turn.
“It’s necessity,” McFarland said. “We need everybody to be on their A-game every night for us to do what we want to do.”
Campbell wasn’t the only one to raise her play.
After OU (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) missed its first eight shots and trailed 11-0, Jasmine Hartman entered to begin a long night off the bench. She didn’t score but settled the team down and finished with a career-high nine assists against a single turnover. Also, freshman Nicole Kornet, who had scored three points total since conference play began, added nine, hitting three of five 3-point attempts.
OU led for the first time, 23-33, with 4:27 before the half. The Sooners took their first 20-point lead, 51-31, with 13:45 remaining and achieved their biggest edge, 23 points, the next trip down the floor on another 3-pointer from Campbell.
Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs (7-12, 0-8) with 18 points. Veja Hamilton added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Sooners got 11 points and seven rebounds from center Nicole Griffin. McFarland led everybody with 12 rebounds.
It didn’t start very well. Then it got scary. OU responded.
“No matter what happens,” Coale said, “they believe they can go win games. That proved to be true tonight.”
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