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January 27, 2014

Sooner women not where they want to be, but getting closer

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women likely still aren’t where they want to be and Saturday night’s victory over TCU offered some solid reasons why.

Nonetheless, the Sooners may be turning a serious corner after getting two wins in the same week for the first time in a long time.

Begin with the challenges.

Saturday night, in a 63-52 victory over the Horned Frogs, senior point guard Morgan Hook only played 7 first-half minutes thanks to foul trouble. That led to freshman T’Ona Edwards running the point and a disjointed offense that committed 12 first-half turnovers.

Also, the Sooners didn’t convert a single field goal over the game’s last 5:45. How does that happen? 

And, they could use some more weaponry. Even in their 75-54 victory at Iowa State last Tuesday, shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg finished with 22 points, 10 more than any other teammate. And four days later against the Horned Frogs, Ellenberg netted 19, with only Hook, with 11 points, joining her in double figures.

However, statistics, just as long as OU prevailed, were secondary in both games.

The buzzword is “energy.” 

Or synonyms for it.

“I was really proud of our focus, our intensity, the passion that we showed tonight,” were the first words from coach Sherri Coale’s mouth after the Sooners posted the program’s first victory over the Cyclones in Ames since 2008.

The night the Sooners beat the Cyclones, Ellenberg referenced the two teams’ previous meeting at Lloyd Noble Center, when Hook netted 26 points but didn’t approach getting matched by any teammates. OU was committed not to let that happen again.

“It was really just a choice of everybody to come out and be aggressive,” Ellenberg said.

Despite the turnovers, the late scoring drought and a lack of overall offensive production, many of the same things were intimated after the TCU victory.

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