The Sooners were led by center Nicole Griffin’s 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 13 points, but only made 4 of 12 shots. Hand added 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting.
“I’ve gotten a lot better and a lot more comfortable,” Griffin said. “So, when I have more pressure, more pushing , a lot of those shots fall when (before) they wouldn’t.”
Jacy Bradley came off the bench to lead St. Louis with 11 points.
Four days after being crushed by UCLA on the boards, the Sooners owned a 37-25 rebounding edge, even as no Sooner grabbed more than Hand’s six.
The Sooners built all the lead they would need very early, putting 19 points on the board before the Billikens scored at all, getting a 3-pointer from Bradley 11:09 before the half.
OU pushed the lead to 33 points in the first half when an Ellenberg 3-pointer made it 36-3 3:45 before the half.
The final margin — 35 points — tied OU’s biggest lead, one first established on a Morgan Hook 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining that put the Sooners on top 62-27.
Perhaps it was one to grow on.
“We blocked out. We won the rebound battle, and that was another emphasis,” Hand said. “I thought we pretty much took care of what we needed to do before we go to Hawaii.”
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