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February 19, 2014

Clock is ticking for Coale’s Sooners

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women may not be out of excuses, but they are quickly running out of time.

At 6:30 tonight, when Texas visits Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners may be without leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, who suffered a concussion running into Kendra Suttles Sunday during OU’s loss at Oklahoma State.

Ellenberg must pass a battery of tests to be allowed back on the court, something that had yet to happen prior to practice Tuesday.

If the Las Vegas senior, who recently became the second leading scorer in program history, cannot play, perhaps adversity will bring the best out of her teammates. Because if OU is to reach a 15th straight NCAA tournament, today’s Red River Rivalry contest is looking like a game the Sooners must win.

Charlie Creme is ESPN’s women’s college basketball bracketologist. He last

updated his potential 2014 NCAA bracket Monday, still with OU (15-11, 6-7) in the field as the No. 9 seed in the Lincoln Regional, with a first-round appointment in Seattle to face Dayton.

In the past, ESPN’s men’s and women’s bracketology projections haven’t been perfect in terms of seed and location, but in matters of “who’s in” and “who’s out” they have been alarmingly accurate.

Creme also had a recommendation for the Sooners.

“(They) have a favorable schedule to finish and really need to win four of the five remaining games in the regular season,” he wrote.

Because OU is at No. 6 Baylor on Monday, where winning would be an absolute shocker, that makes tonight and games coming up against Kansas, at TCU and against Texas Tech all must-haves.

It would be be better if the Sooners were coming into the game playing well. Instead, it is just the opposite after four losses in their last six games, including a 73-57 Bedlam setback that left OU coach Sherri Coale at her wits’ end trying to understand her team.

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