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January 19, 2013

Sooners could use some help from the bench



They share the bench with Tara Dunn and Eden Williams, the squad’s mid-season transplants from the Sooner volleyball team, but neither has been asked to play any meaningful minutes to date.

Since conference play began, the entirety of OU’s bench, over five games, has grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 14 points. The Sooner starters are scoring 96.1 percent of the team’s points and, setting aside team rebounds, grabbing 88.8 percent of the team’s boards.

The bench’s struggle is not a season-long phenomenon.

The last game before conference play began, against Cal-State Northridge, Durrett registered a double-double: 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kornet scored 19 against Northwestern State and 8, 6, 3 and 4 points in OU’s last four non-conference games, but has scored only a single point since.

“I just think a sense of confidence,” is what Hook believes the bench must bring into games. “When Jasmine comes in and plays with confidence it’s not like you’ve taken a starter off the floor. When Nicole comes in and shoots with confidence, plays defense with confidence and is not thinking and getting in her own way, it’s just like a starter’s out there.”

Difficult games, perhaps, have begat additional difficult games.

“A couple of us, it’s so in our heads, that if we go out there and make a mistake, (we’re afraid) we’re going to get pulled,” Kornet said. “It can’t be that mindset. We’ve had a couple of good meetings with coach and I think we’re getting better. You can tell. It shows.”

If all goes well, beginning at 2 p.m. today inside Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooner bench players will have plenty of time to work out their kinks. But if it doesn’t, the game could ride on the bench.

“We just have to get in and give a good effort,” Kornet said, “and help the team in some sort of way.”

Clay Horning

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