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January 3, 2014

Sooners trounce Red Raiders in Big 12 opener

LUBBOCK, Texas — After a one-game absence from a concussion, Sooner guard Aaryn Ellenberg scored 17 points to lead No. 25 Oklahoma over Texas Tech 68-38 on Thursday.

Oklahoma (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) got 12 points from Nicole Griffin and 11 points from Morgan Hook. The Sooners shot 62 percent from the floor, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. They also went 11 of 13 from the free throw line.

Griffin was 6-for-6 from the field, while Ellenberg was 7of-9. Without the ball, the Sooners smothered the Red Raiders with their zone defense, allowing just 5-of-31 shooting beyond the arc.

The biggest advantage came in the paint where the Sooners outscored the Red Raiders 32-10. Oklahoma also got 22 points off the bench, which was led by Derica Wyatt’s 7. Kaylon Williams chipped in six points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.

Texas Tech (6-6, 0-1) was led by Amber Battle with 11 points and six rebounds. The Lady Raiders shot 23 percent and was just 5 of 31 (16 percent) on 3-pointers.

Oklahoma only led by eight at the break, but went on a 9-0 run at the start of the second — including a 3-pointer and layup by Ellenberg — to take control. A 14-0 run late in the game completed the blowout.

The Oklahoma women return home Sunday to host Iowa State in the first Big 12 game at Lloyd Noble Center this season. Tipoff is 1 p.m. against the 14th ranked Cyclones. OU follows that with the Red River rivalry, 11 a.m. Wednesday in Austin.

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