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January 28, 2013

Coale sees positive signs after battle with Baylor

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WACO, Texas —

What the Sooners didn’t do was shoot the ball well. They made a respectable 11 of 26 from beyond the 3-point arc, but the looming presence of Baylor center and reigning player of the year Brittney Griner contributed to shooting a horrid 9 of 46 from within the 3-point arc.

Griner blocked eight shots but was nowhere in sight for a drive to the basket that should have been an easy lay-up for Ellenberg. Instead, as she reached the lane, Ellenberg turned her head and, looking for Griner, promptly lost focus and laid the ball directly into the front of the rim.

“It just makes you think twice about it,” Ellenberg said.

Nonetheless, Coale likes where her team is headed. The Sooner Nation surely wants to believe her, for the next three weeks should determine where OU finishes in the conference race and just what kind of a season the Sooners will have to draw upon as they enter, presumably, the NCAA tournament.

Wednesday, TCU visits Lloyd Noble Center in a game OU should win comfortably. What follows is a gauntlet: at West Virginia, at Kansas State, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Iowa State and at Kansas, a team that is receiving votes in both national polls.

The schedule eases after that, though OU’s remaining slate still includes a visit to OSU and welcoming Baylor to Lloyd Noble Center.

The coach is confident.

“These guys have just taken every shot they’ve been dealt and they just continue to get better and keep plugging away,” Coale said of her players. “I’m proud of them.”

Clay Horning

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