Sooners Hold Off Marist, 68-55

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 02, 2012


  1st 2nd F
 Marist 30 25 55
 Oklahoma 34 34 68
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 Stat Comparison OU Marist
 Points 68 55
 FG Made-Att. 27-64 21-61
 FG Percentage 42.2 34.4
 3FG Made-Att. 6-23 3-22
 3FG Percentage 26.1 13.6
 FT Made-Att. 8-11 10-14
 FT Percentage 72.7 71.4
 Rebounds 48 35
 Assists 13 11
 Steals 7 13
 Turnovers 19 17

 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Marist
 Points  Ellenberg - 18
 O'Connor - 18
 Rebounds  Hand - 13  Ockenden - 6
 Assists  Hand - 5  Two Players - 3
 Steals  Ellenberg - 3  Gomez - 6
 Blocks  Hand - 3  Two Players - 1
 Performance of the Game
Senior G Whitney Hand
Hand registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds. She also recorded game highs of five assists and three blocks in the win.

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 Up Next
Who: North Texas
When: Thurs., Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
TV: FSSW+ / FCS Central
Where: Lloyd Noble Center
What's at Stake: The Sooners are looking for their seventh-consecutive win, which would match their longest streak since opening the 2010-11 season with seven straight victories.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 points and Morgan Hook added 16 more as No. 12 Oklahoma held off Marist 68-55 Sunday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Ellenberg and Hook didn't use their customary barrage of 3-pointers, but a defensive-minded attack and a series of pull-up jumpers to lead Oklahoma's sixth straight victory.

"All wins are good," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "It wasn't quite as pretty as we would have liked for it to be, but give them credit, Marist plays really hard. They're very well-coached and they're hard to guard and we didn't shoot it very well. So a double-digit win, shooting it as poorly as we did, we'll take that and run with it."

Ellenberg entered the game tied with the NCAA lead for 3-pointers made per game (4.0), but hit just one as she and Hook were just 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. However, the duo converted 10 of 20 2-pointers to maintain Oklahoma's slim lead.

Marist's Emma O'Connor, who scored 18 points, converted a layup with 8 minutes remaining to get the Red Foxes within 1. Oklahoma would finish the game with a 17-5 run.

Whitney Hand dove into the baseline seats to swat an errant Ellenberg 3 in Hook's hands for a jumper that gave Oklahoma a five-point lead. Two possessions later, Ellenberg picked off a halfcourt pass for a layup to increase OU's advantage to 59-50.

"It seems like there's always moments that if you can grab them and bottle them you can change the destiny of the game," Coale said. "I thought Whitney's save that Morgan converted and then Vegas (Ellenberg) followed that play by taking a charge at the other end, that really gave us that cushion and that ignition that we needed."

Hand had her first double-double of the season, and sixth of her career, with 12 points and 13 rebounds. She also totaled a career-high three blocks.

Ellenberg grabbed six rebounds, dished four assists and had three steals in another all-around game from the OU sharpshooter.

"We see different teams that do similar things, so it makes it a little easier," Ellenberg said. "But just sticking to the game plan and focusing on those key things like jumping to the ball and help defense, you just have to really perfect those little things. But we know what we're doing, you just have to do it."

Elizabeth Beynnon scored 13 points and Leanne Ockenden added 10 for Marist.

"I thought we played a great game for about 30 minutes," Marist head coach Brian Giorgis said, "and then I think we ran out of gas. I think OU turned it up and showed why they're the team they are, why they're No. 12 in the country when we struggled finding shots down the stretch."

OU led 34-30 at halftime.

Oklahoma next plays Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Central, hosting North Texas.



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