NORMAN — I cover the Oklahoma women. I have for a long time, which can sometimes make it hard to write columns in which Sherri Coale’s basketball program is the subject.
In once instance, as a beat writer, a certain level of objectivity is required. In the other, additional freedom reigns.
Also, writing a column about that which is your beat can be a tricky compromise of roles, one always made easier when the subject matter is clearly positive, which makes today’s column a bit of a tightrope act.
Here’s the deal.
Kaylon Williams is the key to OU’s women’s basketball season.
Out all season a year ago with a torn Achilles tendon, playing less than 15 minutes a game through six games this season and not starting in what is still just her redshirt sophomore year, the Midwest City product, who stands in at a sturdy and athletic 6-3 and 213 pounds according to the program’s media guide, is nonetheless the key to the season.
Well, take a look.
Through six games, Williams is averaging 12 points an 5.5 rebounds.
You’re right, that doesn’t seem like much. But recall how many minutes she’s playing? Only 14.5. That means Williams is averaging 0.83 points per minute and 0.38 rebounds per minute (and that’s despite grabbing only four rebounds her last 24 minutes).
So maybe you’re thinking the problem is Coale, that she needs to play Williams more than 14.5. Well, she’d love to do that, only Williams is making it impossible.
To date, Williams has played 87 minutes and committed 23 fouls, and that after playing 16 minutes and committing only one foul opening night against Stetson.
Nobody on the team has committed more fouls, though Sharane Campbell and Gioya Carter have also committed 23. Of course, they’ve done it in 133 and 120 minutes, respectively.