The Norman Transcript

Sports

November 24, 2012

Griffin leads Sooners in Hawaii

NORMAN — Nicole Griffin picked a good time to have the game of her Sooner career. Every bit of the junior post’s career-high 19 points were needed as OU crept past Arkansas 73-70 Friday night in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center.

Griffin was 8 for 11 from the field to lead and a perfect 5 for 5 in the second half. Arkansas’ Keira Peak led all scorers with 30 points.

Peak hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer with 6:20 to play to tie the game at 54-all. Morgan Hook answered with a 3-pointer before the Razorbacks missed five of their next seven field goal tries.

The 13th-ranked Sooners improved to 3-1 on the season with the win while handing the Razorbacks (3-1) their first loss of the season.

Arkansas had built an early lead but missed Peak for some of the first half due to foul trouble. Both Peak and Sarah Watkins eventually fouled out of the game for Arkansas.

The Sooners led 26-19 at the half after a 15-0 scoring run during Peak’s absence.

The Sooners’ top scorer Aaryn Ellenberg also got into early foul trouble and finished the game with just one point. Both teams struggled from the perimeter. The Sooners shot 3 of 18 from beyond the arc compared to 5 of 28 from the Razorbacks.

Freshman Maddie Manning made her first start of the season and went 4 for 5 from the field ended up with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Whitney Hand matched a team-high nine rebounds to go along with 14 points. Hook finished with 14 points and had five assists against six turnovers.

The Sooners’ bench outscored Arkansas 15-11. That effort was led by Joanna McFarland who had nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

Up next in the Showdown, Oklahoma will play Oregon at 6 tonight in Honolulu.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Nets’ experience trumps Raptors in Game 1

    TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors....

    April 20, 2014

  • Heat open quest for another title

    MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry....

    April 20, 2014

  • Warriors beat Clippers, 109-105, in playoff opener

    LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener....

    April 20, 2014

  • Cardinals edge Nationals, 4-3

    WASHINGTON — Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning....

    April 20, 2014

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • Teague leads Hawks past top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers’ grand playoff plan. As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn’t have an answer....

    April 20, 2014

Facebook