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October 16, 2012

Easy to have confidence in Hand’s confidence

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women met with the media Monday.

Sherri Coale, Whitney Hand and Aaryn Ellenberg all took their turn in front of the microphone. Afterward, everybody else sat at tables to discuss the upcoming season.

The team can be dissected and studied and pulled apart many different ways and that’s bound to happen as the campaign draws near, but the real headline coming out of Monday’s media day was how good they think they can be.

Even for a program that always talks Final Four and has been to three of them every season since 2002, this seems new.

For instance, Coale on whether or not her team can beat Brittney Griner and Baylor: “Sure.”

Or, Coale on being a dominant team (not a team that goes 9-9, 10-8, 11-7 or 12-6 or even 13-5 in the always tough Big 12 Conference, but a dominant team): “It should be … The teams in our conference are very, very tough. We need to develop a mentality that allows us to win on the road because that’s a big part of being able to get those lopsided win-loss records … But we should be. We should be.”

It stands to reason.

OU lost only Jelena Cerina to graduation, gets Jasmine Hartman and Lyndsey Cloman back from knee surgery and loves the newcomer class — Nicole Kornet, Maddie Manning, Portia Durrett — that’s arrived.

Perhaps most reassuring, though, are the explanations of Whitney Hand, who for no good reason was left off the five-player preseason All-Big 12 team, yet remains the biggest reason to believe all this confidence is warranted.

Hand’s serious.

“It feels different,” she said. “You walk in the gym and there’s a different look in people’s eye … And we’re really talented. We don’t have one person that I’m like, ‘They’re OK, they’ll be there in a couple of years.’ Everyone’s there. Everyone’s prepared.”

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