NORMAN — Cameron women’s basketball is not only a Division II program, a long way down from the top flight of Division I Sherri Coale’s Oklahoma women’s basketball program has long travelled within, but it’s not even a very good D-II program, dropping 21 games last season.
Still, this was ridiculous.
More than 17 minutes remained in the Sooners’ and Aggies’ exhibition opener Saturday night at Lloyd Noble Center and already OU had put 80 points on the board.
Then OU went ice cold, from the floor and the free-throw line and the scoreboard quit looking like a convulsing cash register, leaving OU to settle on its 102-48 victory.
Still, it was something to watch.
“I have more horses to let loose for sure,” Coale said. “They quality of the guys, too. We have some speed, some athleticism and some length. All of those play into that.
“I think what you have to remember, too, that is going to make us even better is that Morgan Hook is about as good as there is at passing head.”
It is worth noting.
Hook, OU’s senior and third-year incumbent point guard, sat out with a dislocated thumb on her right hand, but OU ran wild anyway.
The Sooners led by 10 in the fourth minute, by 20 in the eighth minute, by 30 in the 13th minute, by 40 in the 16th minute, by 50 in the 21st minute and by 60 in the 23rd minute, when the score was 80-19.
“I think that we played really good defense,” junior forward Sharane Campbell said. “I know that, of course, we can score, we have a lot of scorers on our team, but I was really looking at the defensive part of it.”
That defense helped to fuel 46 points off 34 Cameron turnovers for the Sooners.
OU received a big game from their All-American candidate, shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who finished with a team-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4 of 7 from 3-point land.
“I just go in there and shoot when I’m open,” she said.
Still, perhaps of greater interest, was the debut of two freshmen guards, T’ona Edwards and Gioya Carter.
Edwards was better than advertised, stepping into Hook’s position and finishing with eight points, an amazing 12 assists and even seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Carter was plenty good, making 3 of 6 shots and 3 of 6 free throws to finish with nine points.
Campbell chipped in 17 on 7-of-13 shooting, that included 6-of-7 accuracy from inside the 3-point arc. Sophomore guard Nicole Kornet added 13 points.
Edwards and Carter weren’t the only newcomers to see extended time. Derica Wyatt played 22 minutes and Shaya Kellogg logged 20. They combined on 5 of 13 shooting, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“I felt like … I have been playing with (the newcomers) forever,” Campbell said. “They have been here since the summer but I feel like I have played games with them.”
It looked liked it.
Just 23 minutes in and the Sooners had 80 points on the board. It proved unsustainable, but for a while it was something to watch.
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