BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Oklahoma women headed east, looking to put some games together.
So far, so good.
Behind 23 points from Aaryn Ellenberg, and along with a several indicators no less important than getting their leading scorer going, the 20th-ranked Sooners knocked off the Stags 79-51 Wednesday night at Webster Bank Arena.
The game was also worth the wait for OU as it finally began 45 minutes after its scheduled 6 p.m. tip when it took the Sooners’ bus three hours to navigate the 60-mile trip from their Times Square hotel.
OU led comfortably after the half, but poured it on afterward, turning a 35-25 advantage into a 28-point victory.
Ellenberg canned 8 of 15 shots and 4 of 9 3-point attempts to lead the Sooners.
Also, OU made 10 of 22 3-point attempts overall, shoring up an area in which it had been deficient all season.
The Sooners also outrebounded the Stags 43-30 and very nearly doubled them up on the offensive glass, maintaining a 13-7 advantage. OU took care of the ball, too, committing a reasonable 11 turnovers.
In addition to Ellenberg’s big night, Nicole Kornet followed up her 26-point performance against Maryland-Eastern Shore with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Nicole Griffin and Sharane Campbell each finished with 10 points, while point guard Morgan Hook finished with only six, but also dished six assists against a single turnover, giving her totals of 14 assists and one turnover over her last two games.
Reserve post Kaylon Williams led OU with seven rebounds to go with five points.
OU led just 17-15 almost 14 minutes into the game, but that was when an Ellenberg steal led to an Ellenberg-3-pointer and the Stags were never again within a bucket.
An 18-4 run after Fairfield made it a seven-point game early in the second half spelled the end of the Stags’ hopes as OU assumed a 55-34 edge with 12 minutes remaining.
Alexys Vazquez led Fairfield with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point land. Katie Cizynski added 11 points.
The Sooners moved to 8-3 on the season with a 6 p.m. Saturday contest coming up at Marist’s McCann Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Fairfield fell to 5-4.
OU has one more non-conference home game remaining, against Samford Dec. 29, before opening Big 12 Conference play against Texas Tech Jan. 2.
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