This season, even if Hook’s a reluctant leader, she’s still the Sooners’ best option as maestro and conductor.
“I don’t think I struggle with getting in somebody’s face. I think I’ve done that plenty of times in games,” she said. “But more just playing with emotion and passion, because that’s never really been my type of play. I’ve never really gotten out of my shell and been, like screaming and that kind of stuff, and that’s what she [Coale] is looking for right now, is that kind of stuff. Before … all of our seniors gave us that.”
After beating the Wildcats, Coale gave the team two days off, telling them to get away from the game and each other. Hook believes the break has led to some very good and fun practices since and feels she and the team are in better places than they were a week ago.
“We’ve had a couple of really fun days that really brought us back to why we play basketball,” she said.
But she could still use some help. Her teammates want to.
“Just take the little things off her,” center Nicole Griffin said. “Like talking (to each other); like, she calls a play, just get in our set … It’s just the little things. I mean, she does a lot.”
Hook’s suggestion is even simpler.
“It’s just energy,” she said. “We need to be excited we’re playing basketball.”
Continued big scoring from Aaryn Ellenberg probably wouldn’t hurt either. The senior shooting guard has knocked down 60 points her last two outings: 37 at Texas, 23 against Iowa State.
Still, the kinds of things that never show up in a boxscore might be most important of all.
“Keep her positive and kind of asking her, what does she need from us,” reserve post Kaylon Williams said. “I think we’ve been taking steps. We just need to put it all together.”