In the start of the second half, Ellenberg drained consecutive jumpers from behind the arc. This sparked a run of 3-pointers as Joanna McFarland and Morgan Hook each connected from long distance to key a 12-2 run and put the Sooners up by 20.
Nicole Griffin took over for OU from that point on. She scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half. She also collected three blocked shots to go along with three rebounds.
“The first half, I was really rushed,” Griffin said. “In the second half, I was more patient and I got the ball deep in the post, so I had a better chance of making my shot.”
McFarland hauled in 12 rebounds while Hook dished out six assists.
Since the loss of Whitney Hand to a season-ending knee injury, the Sooners have worked to build a consistent rotation. Coale admits that she will continue to tinker with the lineups as they try and find a way to make up for losing their best player.
“It’s all an adjustment,” Coale said. “It’s a grand adventure that we are on here. Over the weekend Morgan missed three practices because she had a death in the family. So we had seven (players). We just tried to utilize our time the best we could.”
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