The Norman Transcript


January 27, 2013

Lady Bears pull away with big run in second half


WACO, Texas —

Without posting huge numbers, Griner remained the game’s most important player. She finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots.

Her most important number was one she didn’t post but hugely influenced: OU’s 27.8 percent (20 of 72) shooting percentage that included an even more horrid 19.5 percent (9 of 46) clip from inside the 3-point arc.

“You don’t want to go away from your gameplan, and we’re a really good driving team,” senior forward Joanna McFarland said. “You don’t want to get away from it, but she does get a lot of blocks so it’s in your head.”

Also, occupying OU defensively, Griner had a lot to do with the Lady Bears’ amazing 60.3 percent (35 of 58) shooting.

The Sooners would have been completely lost without two huge games from McFarland, who finished with 12 points and career-high tying 16 rebounds and junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who canned 6 of 11 3-pointers on the way to 33 points.

Behind McFarland, OU remained competitive on the glass, where Baylor outrebonded the Sooners 44-40. Ellenberg kept the game from getting out of hand as long as it did.

Baylor, which outscored OU 62-18 in the paint, came in waves.

After Griner, the Lady Bears got 12 points from Odyssey Sims, 11 from Destiny Williams and 10 each from Brooklyn Pope, Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden.

Coale didn’t leave too upset.

“I thought we did some really, really good things,” she said.

Just not enough, nor for long enough, to challenge the No. 1 team in the country.

Clay Horning

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