Nov. 15, 2002
Nov. 14, 2002
Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's basketball team jumped out to a 17-2 lead early and never looked back, defeating Solna 99-49 in front of 3,799 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center Thursday night. OU improved to 2-0 on the exhibition season, while Solna fell to 0-6.
"I was pleased with the game," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "I thought we improved in areas that we felt we needed to improve on from our game against Tennessee. Our execution and concentration were better. I expected those areas to improve coming down from the hype of a nationally televised game. Yes Solna, Sweden is not Tennessee we all recognize that but you have to be able to execute both ways, whether there is intense pressure or not."
Senior forward Caton Hill scored a game-high 16 points, to go along with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior center Theresa Schuknecht scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Dionnah Jackson had 10 points and five assists. Sophomore Stephanie Luce dropped in nine points in the second half on 3-5 shooting from behind the three-point line.
"Stephanie Luce was solid," said Coale. "I can only think of two things from her minutes tonight that I think she should have done differently. She was confident. She was in control. She defended well and hit open shots. She recognized defenses, found the open guy and ran the offense accordingly. She was real solid and that's significant to this team."
Oklahoma stifled Solna on the defensive end, collecting 14 steals and forced the Vikings into 34 turnovers. OU committed 13 turnovers. The Sooners also held an advantage on the boards with 13 (39-26) more rebounds that Solna.
"Tonight I gave the offense more time to set up and get into open places," said Jackson. "We got into the correct places and executed."
Anna Hofstrom scored a team-high 12 points for Solna. Cecilia Ferm snagged seven rebounds and scored four points.
Oklahoma returns to regular season action next weekend as one of four teams competing in the annual Bertha Teague Classic in Tulsa. OU will face host Tulsa Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. and conclude the two-day classic with an 8 p.m. match up against Oral Roberts on Nov. 23 inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center.