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December 6, 2012

Injuries haven’t slowed Sooners



They’ll likely get there if they can keep doing what they’ve been doing.

“Kids have to understand that they don’t suddenly have to become something they’re not. Nobody has to become Maddie Manning, just like nobody had to become (Kaylon) Williams,” Coale said. “But everybody has to be just a little bit better version of themselves.”

When Manning was elevated into the starter’s role, Joanna McFarland, who had been struggling, was moved to the bench. When Manning was lost for the season, freshman Nicole Kornet took her spot in the starting five. But if that’s bothering McFarland, she isn’t showing it, averaging almost nine rebounds and six points a game in her new role. Also, pressed into more action, Hartman has become a bigger and more effective part of the rotation.

Only nine available players can make practice a real drag, but as senior captain and shooting guard Whitney Hand points out, the Sooners aren’t really shorthanded.

“We have nine people who can play. That’s still a really deep team,” she said. “If you play nine people every game, that’s still a deep roster … I wouldn’t say our ceiling’s any lower.”

OU hasn’t played like it.

Instead, the Sooners have built on success. Tonight presents another chance.

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