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December 16, 2012

Hook embracing greater leadership role

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“I’ve gotten used to (Hand) as a crutch,” she said. “Like she’s going to do it, she’s going to be there … and now I’ve taken on that responsibility.”

One witness is seeing it play out.

Now a spectator, encourager and traffic cop in practice rather than full participant, Hand has seen Hook and others pick up the pieces of leadership.

“I’ve seen Morgan become more of a leader than she’s been in her whole time here,” Hand said. “I’ve seen (center) Nicole Griffin say more words than I think she’s said in her whole time here. I see (shooting guard) Aaryn (Ellenberg) really making an effort to do everything right.”

Still, Hook’s role is a special one. Coale understands that, too.

“When the winds and the waves are howling, guys on the team would always look at No. 25 [Hand], and now I think that Morgan has to be that and she can be easily because she’s very even keel. She doesn’t get too high or too low.

“She’s different than Whit in terms of revealing emotion; you don’t see it on her, but that’s not all bad. She can be that rock for them.”

Today could certainly be an easier assignment. However, Coale likes that part of it as well.

“(Win or lose) we’re going to grow from it.” she said. “We hope we don’t have to be exposed to grow, but either way it will be great for our team.”

A steady and guiding hand from the Sooner point guard is bound to help a great deal.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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