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December 16, 2013

Sooners poised for showdown with Texas Tech after blowout victory

NORMAN — Sunday marked the first of four games the Oklahoma women hope to use to build toward the conference season, which begins Jan. 2 at Texas Tech.

In terms of offering resistance, Maryland-Eastern Shore did the Sooners few favors. It terms of blowing a team off the court, getting everybody involved and building confidence, the Sooners likely did itself a few favors.

OU prevailed 105-46. 

All 12 able-bodied and eligible Sooners got into the scorebook. As a team OU shot exactly 50 percent (35 of 70) and outrebounded the Monarchs 59-37, while holding them to 22.2 percent (15 of 69) field accuracy.

“I liked our energy. I liked how we played together and shared the basketball,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “I thought we got important minutes from a lot of guys … I think it’s a game that we used to get better.”

Also nice, perhaps, 103 of OU’s points were not credited to Aaryn Ellenberg. 

The senior shooting guard and season leading scorer left early with a knee strain, but her teammates, particularly those coming off the bench, made up for her absence and more.

Nicole Kornet turned in a monster game, finishing 8 of 11 from the floor, 3 of 6 from 3-point land and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line to finish with a career-high 26 points to go with a career-high six steals and a career-high matching seven rebounds.

“It felt food, that’s for sure,” said Kornet, who made all eight of her 2-point tries. “Lately I’ve been struggling around the 3-point line and just shooting in general. I think, (today), I just drove it and was aggressive and that was what sparked my shooting.”

Reserve post Kaylon Williams added 14 points in 14 minutes on 6-of-7 shooting. 

Gioya Carter, with 11 points, was the only starter in double figures, though point guard Morgan Hook was plenty good, finishing with six points, five rebounds and eight assists without a turnover, all in just 17 minutes of court time.

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