Sooners Take Season Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 10, 2012


  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 36 33 69
 Creighton 24 24 48
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 Stat Comparison OU CU
 Points 69 48
 FG Made-Att. 27-56 17-65
 FG Percentage 48.2 26.2
 3FG Made-Att. 7-14 7-31
 3FG Percentage 50.0 22.6
 FT Made-Att. 8-9 7-7
 FT Percentage 88.9 100.0
 Rebounds 44 33
 Assists 14 15
 Turnovers 19 14
 Blocks 0 3
 Steals 6 10
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Creighton
 Points  Ellenberg - 19  A. Jensen - 13
 Rebounds  Hand - 8  Kamphaus - 6
 Assists  Hook - 5  Tritz - 4
 Steals  2 players - 2  2 players - 3
 Blocks  None  3 players - 1
 Up Next
When: Wed., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
TV: FS Oklahoma Plus
Where: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)
What's at Stake: Oklahoma will be challenged to extend its streak of 14 consecutive home opening victories.

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OMAHA, Neb. -- No. 12 Oklahoma showcased a post-oriented attack and proved its perimeter shooting was still highly-effective in a 69-48 win over Creighton Saturday.

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 19 points and Whitney Hand added 14 in the Sooners' season-opening victory.

"I'm just really proud of their effort and performance on the road," OU Head Coach Sherri Coale said. "It's really hard to start your season on the road, especially against a team the caliber of Creighton.

"We have a very confident offensive team, and they have great faith in their abilities to score from all spots."

The Sooners used a 16-2 first-half run, led by six points from Nicole Griffin, to dispel an early deficit and never looked back to win its season opener at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Creighton led 8-2 after three minutes, but a layup and 1 by Hand sparked a 9-0 run from which the Sooners owned the final lead change.

The Sooners were 1-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half, but the low percentage did not faze their inside game. Griffin added eight points, all in the first half, while exhibiting improved mobility and an often successful jump hook.

"I thought Nicole Griffin established herself early," Coale said. "She was really good at catching and making extra passes or catching and going to the rim. You could tell Creighton had to take that away first and that's what opened up Vegas and Whitney for shots in the second half."

OU scored 12 of its first 14 second-half points from 3-pointers as it looked for Ellenberg, who was 3-for-3 in the period, and Hand beyond the arc.

"I thought our second four-minute interval of the first half was really where we got some distance," Coale said. "I think that comes from being able to rotate fresh bodies."

Oklahoma used all 10 from its active roster by the 12-minute mark of the first half and substituted liberally throughout the game.

The Sooners next host UCLA Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Central. Oklahoma has won 14 straight home openers.



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