NORMAN — It may not have been everything coach Sherri Coale was looking for Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center, and still, coming a off a very disappointing loss a week earlier at UCLA, it was a big win over a good team.
The No. 18 Oklahoma women, despite giving up a bunch of offensive rebounds, not shooting their free throws particularly well (again), and getting another cold performance from All-American candidate Aaryn Ellenberg, still dispatched Creighton 80-52.
Though no match for the Sooners, the Blue Jays remain a team that returns four starters from last season’s NCAA tournament squad.
Sharane Campbell was the best Sooner on the floor, hitting 10 -of-14 shots on the way to 25 points and five rebounds.
Center Nicole Griffin was next with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 7-of-10 foul shooting.
Senior point guard Morgan Hook was steady, finishing with nine points, five assists and four rebounds against a single turnover.
“There’s not much to say. I’m just going out and doing what I do best, getting and-ones,” Campbell said, referring to the old-fashioned natural three-point play. “I missed a couple free throws that I should have made but I need to (play like) this every game.”
The best of the rest of what OU did well was play defense. So, if some old deficiencies remain, Coale still had something to be extremely pleased about, especially after instructing her team to do what it failed to do at UCLA: don’t give up lay-ups and limit free throws.
“Our coaching staff got together (and asked) do we bluff and stay, and not let them get 3s? No, we don’t let them get lay-ups and we don’t send them to the free-throw line. That’s how we’re going to win championships,” Coale said. “I thought our guys were very disciplined to that effort.”