It won’t be Kaylon Williams, who will miss the season after tearing her Achilles tendon. But it might be Joanna McFarland or newcomer Portia Durrett.
“We want to stretch defenses,” Coale said. “We want them to play 94 feet on the floor.”
Though OU has wanted to run every season, the last season the Sooners ran like they’re talking about now was 2003-04, the season OU ran the conference right off the postseason court, becoming the first and only team Big 12 program to win four straight games at the at the conference tournament. Fans may recall that team as the Dionnah Jackson-Maria Villarroel Sooners.
Of course, it was running the court that carried the 2001-02 Sooners, behind point guard Stacey Dales, to the national championship game.
If there’s a difference in the way OU plans to do it this season, it’s in the reliance of the post to set the pace.
“Everybody can shoot it. Morgan (Hook) has great vision, as does Maddie (Manning), as does Jas(mine Harper),” Coale said, ticking through her point guards. “And we have bigs who are willing to work hard enough to run, and that’s really the deal.
“It’s not about do you have a big that’s really mobile. It’s really about do you have a big who’s willing to work hard enough to get there in 4 seconds.”
The Sooners believe they do.
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