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November 9, 2013

Opener was far from perfect but the Shockers offer a chance to get better

NORMAN — Confronted with the idea that only three of her players enjoyed fine games in the Oklahoma women’s season-opening victory over Stetson, Sooner women’s coach Sherri Coale sought to correct the record slightly and generally reassure.

It wasn’t just senior point guard Morgan Hook (11 assists, eight points), senior shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg (24 points) and sophomore post Kaylon Williams (17 points, eight rebounds), but also Sharane Campbell, who made just 3 of 10 shots, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and kept a few momentum-making plays alive with her hustle.

Also, Coale said, don’t expect center Nicole Griffin (four points, six rebounds, 1 of 5 shooting) to struggle so much going forward and, said Coale, the remaining starter, Nicole Kornet, had a very difficult shooting night, but otherwise didn’t play a bad game.

Still, if any of that’s not clear, there was something everybody could agree on following the Sooners’ 78-60 victory over the Hatters: 17 offensive rebounds is way too many from any Sooner opponent.

Sometimes statistics fall short of the truth and Friday night at Lloyd Noble Center was a good example. OU out rebounded Stetson 55 to 43 and even grabbed four more offensive rebounds than the Hatters. 

Still, 17 is too many and it’s a number that can’t repeat itself throughout the season beginning with today’s 2 p.m. Preseason WNIT quarterfinal contest against Wichita State.

Not just because it’s a good time to develop good habits, but because the Shockers can play a little bit, too.

A year ago, Wichita State went 24-10 and tied Creighton for the top spot in the Missouri Valley with a 15-3 league record. The Shockers then claimed the conference tournament crown, earning a trip to the NCAA tournament. 

This preseason, Wichita State was chosen second behind Indiana State in the MVC preseason poll and guard Alex Harden was named MVC preseason player of the year.

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