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February 22, 2014

Sooners say they’ve finally turned corner

NORMAN — After practice Friday, Oklahoma women’s point guard Morgan Hook spoke, only to quickly catch herself.

“It’s different,” she said. And then, “I know we’ve said that before.”

But maybe the Sooners, who play Kansas at 7 tonight at Lloyd Noble center, are finally right.

Anyway, everything seems possible again after beating Texas 64-63 on Wednesday, even without leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, who continues to recover from a concussion suffered at Oklahoma State.

There may be evidence things are different.

Coale closed with a  shooting drill that included five spots from which the players could not move on to the next spot until they had canned five straight shots. Posts did not shoot and Gioya Carter and Sharane Campbell shot from a couple steps inside the 3-point arc, while everybody else was beyond the arc.

The drill was completed in 4:30, faster than it had been completed all season long.

Also, Hook shared some of the aftermath of the Oklahoma State loss, which might have played a role in the Texas victory and, OU hopes, a big win over the Jayhawks tonight.

“We’ve kind of changed as a team,” Hook said.

After losing in Stillwater, Hook explained, that the players went “our separate ways.” Then, the next day, after watching film of the Bedlam game and hearing from the coaches about everything that went awry, had a players-only meeting, led by Hook and reserve forward Portia Durrett, who is also a senior co-captain.

It was decided that the players shouldn’t need the coaches to get them back on the same page, tell them what they did wrong, etc., but that they should be figuring out things for themselves.

“We’ve kind of taken it over and realized this is our team … We’re the ones that played bad, it’s not the coaches, and I think that’s what we realized, it’s all on us,” Hook said.

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