The Norman Transcript


November 6, 2012

Sooners want to score fast

NORMAN — In the Oklahoma women’s first exhibition game, a 118-53 victory over Oklahoma Christian, Sooner post Nicole Griffin turned just 24 minutes of court time and nine field goal attempts into a game-high 23 points.

Making seven free throws helped her get there, but, more than anything, it was her willingness to get her 6-6 body down the court that made the difference.

“We’re trying to push the ball early in transition,” Griffin said. “So I’m trying to get my position early, because we’re trying to score quick.”

It is not just an insight into how the 12th-ranked Sooners plan to play this season, but it may be the insight.

OU believes it can go back to the Final Four, even challenge Brittney Griner and Baylor for a Big 12 title, and this is how it plans to do it.

“That’s something we learned in Australia,” OU coach Sherri Coale said, referencing the four-game and 10-day trip Down Under the Sooners enjoyed in August. “We were very effective in transition.”

At 7 tonight at Lloyd Noble center, in their last exhibition game against Henderson (Ark.) State, OU wants to run a whole lot more because it’s a plan that has surpassed good-idea status into something more along the lines of the Sooners’ identity.

“For us, offensively, we want to score in the first 6 seconds of the shot clock,” Coale said. “If we can’t, we want to out-execute people.”

Pretty much every season, Coale has talked about the importance of getting easy transition baskets.

Just not like this.

It all begins with Griffin.

“Nicole getting down to the block is just a fundamental principal that we have worked on. She has 4 seconds from the time the shot clock begins to get to the front of the rim,” Coale said. “And if she’s too tired to get there in 4 seconds, then somebody else will go in and get there in 4 seconds.”

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