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March 21, 2014

Big game from bigs would be big



The Sooners’ primary posts are 6-6 Nicole Griffin and 6-3 Kaylon Williams. 

“We were just looking at our size advantage, and our production in the paint between the two of us,” said Griffin, who’s averaging 10.2 points and six rebounds per outing. “If we do what we’re supposed to do, what we think we can do, we’ll be set for the game.”

Griffin has earned four double-doubles this season, one of them not too long ago, a 13-point, 14-rebound performance against Kansas Feb. 22.

Williams hasn’t gone for 10 points in a game since the non-conference, yet began the season averaging 10.9 points and six rebounds as late as the 10-game mark, even as she’d played more than 17 minutes only twice.

“Establishing our position down there in the paint early,” Williams said, “we’ll let them know we’re here.”

If Griffin and Williams can do that, they might combine for 30 points and 16 boards together, or more, which could be huge for their team. Or, if the Blue Demons respond with double teams and the Sooner posts are quick to find open teammates who can sink open jumpers, that could be huge for OU.

“We have to demand the ball first of all,” Griffin said.

Also, if the Sooner posts can use their size to neutralize Penny and Podkowa, it could prove just as big.

Penny leads the Blue Demons at 15.8 points per game. Podkowa’s averaging 9.1.

The Sooners have the size. Saturday, they have to make it an advantage.

Clay Horning

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