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January 29, 2014

With her teammates’ help Aaryn Ellenberg has returned to scoring form

NORMAN — When the Oklahoma women tip off with Kansas State tonight at Bramlage Coliseum, they’ll be hoping to play their third straight game in which they bring 40 minutes of high energy. Also, they’ll be trying to win their third straight game.

Funny how things work.

Also, should they get what they’re looking for, they’re likely to get yet another big game from senior shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who has raised her points-per-game average from 17.6 to 19.7 in the space of five games; no easy thing to do when the first of those five was still the 15th game of the season.

Further, if Ellenberg has another big night, it likely also means another strong night from her teammates, who have spurred Ellenberg’s recent vault by initiating an important Q and A with their leading scorer.

“We asked her, ‘What do you need from us?’” senior point guard Morgan Hook said. “And she just hadn’t ever said it. And now, it’s a relief and she’s just playing free. She’s not worrying about forcing stuff and trying to be the only person who can do it for us.”

Ellenberg is famous for her reserved, quiet and almost withdrawn personality. Telling her teammates what she needed probably wasn’t easy. 

What did she say?

“She just kind of talked to the team about ways we can help her, by being confident with the ball in our hands,” Hook said. “(Lately),  we’ve all wanted to score with the ball in our hand. Every single person on the floor has looked to score and it just makes it easier for her because everybody has to be guarded … they can’t go double Aaryn.”

Basically, Ellenberg told her teammates to go play their game, allowing her to get back to playing hers.

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