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January 22, 2013

For change, Sooners have luxury of time

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NORMAN —

One reason, she likes her team. Another, she really believes in the opportunity presented by getting a few extra days off the game court.

As fast as the games come, OU has spent more time working on its opponents than itself lately. That’s going to change this week.

“I think we’re going to develop a better rhythm and play more like we were at the beginning of the year,” point guard Morgan Hook said.

Hook is talking about getting the Sooner transition game going, something Coale admits the team has hardly worked on in recent practices, because that’s just the way it is when games arrive every three or four days and you’re trying not to tax your starting five too much between them after playing them so many minutes.

“It’s good to have a couple of days where you can go, ‘OK, let’s just go play,’” Coale said. “And we actually get a little bit of time to polish the rebound, the outlet (pass), the lane runner, the first post.”

Fans might remember how rejuvenated the Sooners have appeared the last few seasons when the NCAA tournament has rolled around. A big part of that is finally getting a few days off after a long conference season and the Big 12 tournament.

Now, OU has a similar break.

“We’ve positioned ourselves really well, so we can step back and take a very realistic look at what we’ve done and what’s ahead and take a deep breath and then go attack it,” she said. “We’re going to be on an ascension from here on out. This is an opportunity to gather ourselves and then try to finish this off the right way.”

Clay Horning

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