Team Effort Takes Down Texas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 21, 2012

(12-5, 4-2 Big 12)
  1st 2nd F
 Texas 25 42 67
 Oklahoma 34 39 73

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(12-6, 2-4 Big 12)
 Stat Comparison OU UT
 Points 73 67
 FG Made-Attempted 23-52 22-73
 FG Percentage 44.2% 30.1%
 3FG Made-Attempted 8-13 4-15
 3FG Percentage 61.5% 26.7%
 FT Made-Attempted 19-28 19-31
 FT Percentage 67.9% 61.3%
 Rebounds 48 44
 Assists 14 7
 Turnovers 23 13
 Blocks 11 5
 Steals 6 10
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Texas
 Points  Ellenberg (18)  Anderson (15)
 Rebounds  3 Players (7)  2 Players (8)
 Assists  Hook (4)  2 Players (3)
 Blocks  Griffin (9)  2 Players (2)
 Steals  Ellenberg (2)  Fontenette (4)
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Whenever there was a question, Oklahoma had an answer.

The Sooners beat Texas, 73-67, for the fourth straight time, grinding to a win that featured high-percentage 3-point shooting and monster defense.

OU freshman Sharane Campbell hit three first-half 3-pointers as part of 15 total points to help the Sooners go two games above .500 in the Big 12 standings, while sophomore center Nicole Griffin had a career-high nine blocks to lead a defense that frustrated its second straight league opponent.

"In some ways," OU head coach Sherri Coale said, "it was similar to the game in Manhattan in that every time they had a run, we had an answer for it. I think that is a sign of growth, a very healthy thing for our team."

Campbell, Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook combined for 17 of OU's first 20, doubling up the Longhorns on the scoreboard within the first nine minutes.

But, Oklahoma didn't score for the next 10 minutes and Texas closed within 1. Undaunted after OU point guards gave up six turnovers during the span, Hook took the scoring in her own hands by hitting a 3 to end the drought and lead a 14-6 run that had the home team up by 9 at halftime.

Hook would finish with 17 points.

After falling behind 10 again, Texas' Chassidy Fussell, who totaled 10 points, would get a fast-break layup to close the deficit to 39-36 but Whitney Hand answered with a layup, Campbell hit a pair of free throws and Ellenberg caught fire, hitting the first of three 3-pointers as part of her game-high 18 points.

The Sooners were 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, the best percentage for the team in three seasons.

Oklahoma rolled with a 10-point lead until Ashley Gayle met the hand of Griffin on consecutive layup attempts. Griffin would score three of six unanswered points to take the Oklahoma to its largest lead of 58-42 with 8 minutes to play.

Griffin added nine points and seven rebounds to go with a blocks total not seen by a Sooner since Courtney Paris had 10 in a one-point win at Texas Tech on March 1, 2006.

"She was really, really good," Coale said. "Location, when they were all on the right time and not fouling, being disciplined with their shot blocking and guarding with two steps, which is something we talk about with the posts all the time, staying between your guy and the basket all the time so they don't get an angle."

Texas cut into the score on its next two possession, but then traded baskets with Oklahoma until there was too little time to make a difference.

Yvonne Anderson led the Longhorns with 15 points.

It was the second game without leading rebounder Joanna McFarland, who suffered a broken jaw in a loss to Oklahoma State last Saturday. The Sooners put freshmen in the starting lineup to replace the junior foward, with Campbell starting a Kansas State and Kaylon Williams taking the floor Saturday, but have used a team effort to increase the production.

"I am really proud of our team and how we have responded to that, with the loss of Jo," junior Whitney Hand said. "Coach challenged us each that we have to be better. Jo, especially at the point when she got hurt, was productive. But I really feel like Kay Kay [Williams] had a great game against K-State. Sharane [Campbell] had a great game today and we are just picking up those pieces so I am proud of that.

"I just feel like the Big 12 is a grind and we are grinding out wins. That's a good thing. So as long as we are doing that then I am happy with it."

Oklahoma has five days to prepare for No. 1 Baylor, who comes to the Lloyd Noble Center Thursday, Jan. 26.





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