“It felt good to knock down a couple of shots and get in a rhythm. Going into that game, that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Ellenberg led a big and balanced attack that included 14 points from Morgan Hook, 13 from Nicole Griffin and 12 from Sharane Campbell. Hook and Ellenberg each dished five assists and Campbell added a trio of steals.
Ellenberg’s hot hand wasn’t only good for Ellenberg.
“When Aaryn makes shots, we all kind of relax a little bit,” Hook said.
Yet, the best player on the court might have been WIU’s Ashley Luke.
Though her team hit 10 of 23 from 3-point land, she didn’t hit any and still finished with 27 points on 11-of-15 inside-the-arc shooting and 5-of-5 foul shooting. Luke even led the Leathernecks with six steaks and four assists.
OU established its first 10-point lead, 20-10, 13:28 before the half, but WIU was Pesky.
The lead was 17 points at intermission and 21 with 18:20 to play. But it was back to 11 with 14:54 remaining and only 12, 67-55, with 12 minutes remaining.
“I have such respect,” Coale said, “for the way they coached, for the way they competed. They’re going to win a lot of basketball games.”
So, too, should the Sooners. They hope their next triumph comes Sunday against the Blue Devils.
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