The Norman Transcript


January 12, 2013

Momentum still on Sooner women’s side

NORMAN — One thing about success?

It raises a whole new set of questions. And because the 16th-ranked Oklahoma women are 13-2 overall and 3-0 since conference play began, even after losing four players (and three starters) to injury, there is a new set of questions.

Can they keep it up? OU’s bench played 23 minutes total in Wednesday’s 85-79 thriller over TCU. Can the Sooners keep that up?

Is this the season they’re finally competitive with Baylor again, who OU meets for the first time two weeks from today in Waco? Or, can they get to Waco still unbeaten against conference foes?

They’re all good questions, yet only relevant because of a near-uprecedented five-game winning streak that began with expected victories over UC-Riverside and Cal State Northridge, but that has accelerated in league play against strong competition.

Keeping it going means beating Texas Tech, who OU tips off against at 7 tonight at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Lady Raiders aren’t ranked but perhaps they should be. At 12-3 and 2-1 against the conference, Tech owns a victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State, even in Stillwater.

OU should be challenged but will likely get a good result if it can keep doing what it’s been doing. That goes back to all those newly relevant questions, because few could have anticipated what OU is doing.

With an active roster that includes 10 players only after Tara Dunn and Eden Williams were plucked from the Sooner volleyball team, OU has played better basketball than it ever did before losing Maddie Manning and Whitney Hand to season-ending knee injuries.

Sooner coach Sherri Coale has asked her players to be “two percent” better, yet they’ve been quite a bit better than that.

That is the unprecedented part.

Before the winning streak began, junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg was averaging 16.3 points per game. Since, she has averaged 22.8, a figure that would rank fifth in the nation if she’d been doing it the whole season. Even her rebounds have gone up from 3.1 to 4.8 per game.

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