The Norman Transcript

Sports

February 12, 2013

OU’s Griffin emerging just in time

NORMAN — The road to the Final Four is paved in so many things: from terrific coaching, to great guard play, to a dominating bench, to chemistry and a sense of purpose. Also, there is the unexpected contribution or, perhaps, the sudden emergence of a particular player.

The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma women are hoping those last two might apply to 6-foot-6 junior center Nicole Griffin.

Griffin was named Big 12 player of the week Monday, yet more telling and important than the honor are the reasons why.

In two victories last week — 74-68 Wednesday at Kansas State and 80-61 Sunday over Bedlam rival Oklahoma State — Griffin averaged 17 points and five rebounds. The Bedlam game stood above the Kansas State game.

Griffin put Cowgirl center Toni Young in horrible first-half foul trouble, scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 3-of-5 foul shooting, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.

All season Griffin has been a focus for coach Sherri Coale’s team, which wants to push the ball in transition and, upon arriving at the offensive end, wants Griffin to already be posting up her defender, assuming she hasn’t left that defender in the dust, on the way down the floor.

Griffin’s success this season had been sporadic. She scored a season-high 19 points against Arkansas and 18 against Cal-Riverside. Yet, since conference play began, 13 against both Texas Tech and Kansas State had been her high. She shattered that mark by eight points Sunday against the Pokes.

“Nicole has gone up against great post players all year and her confidence is just continually building because of that,” Coale said. “So, go right after Toni (Young), get her in foul trouble. Go right at her and make her defend you.”

Many have noticed the jump-hook shot that Griffin has developed from as far away as six or seven feet from the basket.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners will have to do the right thing eventually

    Don’t read anything into the non-suspension suspension Oklahoma leveled at true freshman running back Joe Mixon Wednesday....

    July 31, 2014

  • In this case, Sooner fans can rest easy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooner Caravan ended its summer run at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night. OU coach Bob Stoops did not take questions, but one of the major topics was the $370 million renovation to ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014

Facebook