The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

July 10, 2013

Coale’s Team USA squad smashes Czech Rep.

KAZAN, Russia — The women’s basketball team from the Czech Republic proved much more competitive than Mali a day earlier for Team USA at the World University Games on Tuesday.

Rathern than losing by 88 points, the Americans’ second opponent lost by only 40 as coach Sherri Coale’s squad enjoyed its second victory rout, 101-61, in as many days.

Oklahoma’s women’s basketball coach has to be enjoying her first head coaching experience for USA basketball, and one of the reasons is Aaryn Ellenberg, who will be a senior Sooner next season and who’s making the most of her first chance to play basketball for her country.

Tuesday, Ellenberg scored eight of the U.S.’s first 13 points and scored 10 of her 12 points in the first quarter, a frame in which the American set the tone by arresting a 21-11 lead that would become 48-27 by the half.

“We came out strong out of the gates in both the first half and the second half,” Coale said, “but I thought it was our defensive intensity that set the stage.”

As the tournament continues, stamina should not be a problem for the Americans.

“Fortunately, we were able to play a lot of people, especially late in the game,” Coale said. “I think, again, having that depth tomorrow will help, as we can play a lot of people again. There’s not a big drop off from 1 through 12.”

The game “tomorrow” Coale speaks of was played against Brazil at 3:30 a.m. today, which is 12:30 p.m. in Kazan.

The World University Games is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years, reserved for male and female athletes between age 17 and 24.

Coale’s team is looking to defend the gold medal Team USA claimed two years ago in Shenzhen, China.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Brace yourselves for what is likely bumpy road to playoffs

    In October of 2005, back when Butch Peters had Norman High ranked No. 5 on the gridiron and Karin Sexson had Norman North ranked No. 1 on the volleyball court, I wrote a column under the headline: “Two great teams … Who cares.” It was all ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Clash Football It’s a whole new ball game for Tigers and Timberwolves

    With just over two weeks until football practice officially begins Aug. 11, everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming season. After all, it’s one that will be unlike any other....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • USA Basketball Durant tells media that he’s not looking too far ahead

    While most of the NBA’s offseason has been focused on players going home, max contracts and who gets Kevin Love, the reigning MVP has been pretty low key. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has stayed in the shadows for the most part while ...

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014