Sooners Fight Off Razorbacks, 73-70

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 23, 2012


  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 26 47 73
 Arkansas 19 51 70
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 Stat Comparison OU UA
 Points 73 70
 FG Made-Att. 26-50 23-66
 FG Percentage 52.0 34.8
 3FG Made-Att. 3-18 5-28
 3FG Percentage 16.7 17.9
 FT Made-Att. 18-30 19-24
 FT Percentage 60.0 79.2
 Rebounds 40 32
 Assists 15 5
 Turnovers 19 10
 Blocks 1 0
 Steals 6 9
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Arkansas
 Points  Griffin - 19  Peak - 30
 Rebounds  2 Players - 9  Williams - 6
 Assists  Hook - 5  2 Players - 2
 Steals  2 Players - 2  2 Players - 3
 Blocks  Manning - 1  None
 Performance of the Game
Junior C Nicole Griffin
With Aaryn Ellenberg on the bench most of the game in foul trouble, Griffin scored a career-high 19 points as part of 42 Oklahoma would score in the paint in a physcial victory over Arkansas.

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 Up Next
Who: Oregon
When: Sat., Nov. 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu
What's at Stake: OU's second game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown will test their recovery after playing a physical game against Arkansas Friday afternoon.

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HONOLULU -- Nicole Griffin scored a career-high 19 points as No. 13 Oklahoma battled in the paint to beat Arkansas 73-70 Friday in the opening game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Griffin was 8-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-5 on field goals in the second half, as the Sooners found alternatives to unusually cold perimeter shooting performances from its guards.

"I'm glad we had it because our outside game wasn't very good," OU head coach Sherri Coale said of her post player's game. "It's very unlike us to shoot as poorly as we did from beyond the arc and, really, (the shots) weren't rushed. Kudos to our guards in the second half for figuring out that if they're not going in, to feed the ball to Nic. I'll tell you what, she had some tough finishes."

The Sooners were 3-of-18 from 3-point range and 18-of-30 from the free throw line.

OU's top scorer Aaryn Ellenberg had just one point after spending most of the first half on the bench with two fouls. Morgan Hook and Whitney Hand each had 14 points.

"Maybe it's the difference in the backdrop, depth perception, that sort of thing," Coale said on the low-percentage perimeter shooting. "Typically, when you're at a tournament, as the games go on, your shooting percentage elevates from the perimeter as you get accustomed to your surroundings."

Freshman Maddie Manning totaled 10 points and eight rebounds in her first career start.

"I thought she was fantastic," Coale said of Manning's performance. "She's accustomed to running the 1 and she was in the game, most of the time, alongside Morgan [Hook], so she was running the 2 or the 3 position. Her two steals that led to layups -- big plays at crucial times.

"I thought she handled the challenge well. And, the tighter the game got, the more she wanted to make sure she was out there. That's what I love about that kid."

Arkansas' Keira Peak scored a game-high 30 points and was the lone player able to outpace the Sooners' screen smashing defense.

"Keira Peak was unbelievable," Coale added. "A couple of the 3s she made were as tightly contested as you can possibly contest without fouling."

Peak buried a closely contested 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to tie the game 54-54 with 6:20 to play. Hook responded with a 3 for Oklahoma and Arkansas missed five of its final seven field goal attempts.

The Lady Razorbacks held an early lead, but lost its offensive power when Peak was forced to sit on the bench in foul trouble. In that time, Oklahoma pulled away with a 15-0 scoring run lasting six minutes.

Oklahoma led 26-19 at halftime.

Oklahoma next faces Oregon in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu Saturday at 6 p.m. Central.

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