Ellenberg's Milestone Rocks Lady Raiders

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 29, 2012

(19-10, 11-6)
  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 32 39 71
 Texas Tech 29 33 62
Box Score | Postgame Notes

(17-12, 5-12)
 Stat Comparison OU TTU
 Points 71 62
 FG Made-Att. 23-49 19-64
 FG Percentage 46.9% 29.7%
 3FG Made-Att. 6-20 4-21
 3FG Percentage 30.0% 19.0%
 FT Made-Att. 19-22 20-29
 FT Percentage 86.4% 69.0%
 Rebounds 42 35
 Assists 14 9
 Turnovers 17 7
 Blocks 3 0
 Steals 0 10
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Texas Tech
 Points  Ellenberg (20)  Morris (19)
 Rebounds  Ellenberg (11)  Nobles (7)
 Assists  2 Players (6)  Smalls (5)
 Steals  None  Morris (3)
 Blocks  Griffin (2)  None
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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Aaryn Ellenberg likely wishes every day could be February 29.

Ellenberg scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds for her first career double-double, sparking Oklahoma to a 71-62 win over Texas Tech Wednesday.

Ellenberg entered the game 14 points shy of 1,000 in her collegiate career and her milestone field goal provided the separation needed to keep the Lady Raiders at bay.

The sophomore’s record score gave the Sooners a 9-point lead with 5:46 remaining.  From there, Texas Tech made only three field goals and was forced to foul Oklahoma, which collected 12 of its final 16 points at the free throw line.

Whitney Hand totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Morgan Hook scored 15 as a trio of Sooners reached double figures.

At the beginning of the month, the Sooners’ leading scorer was in the midst of a seven-game shooting slump.  On February’s final day, Ellenberg was at her best, reaching a career scoring benchmark and reaching career highs with rebounds and assists.

Oklahoma was poised to make the game a blowout, leading 18-9 before eight minutes passed. But Texas Tech clawed at the deficit and forced OU’s point guard into foul trouble, putting Hook on the bench for the final eight minutes of the first period.

Oklahoma led 32-29 at halftime.

The Sooners were pulling away again in the second half, gaining a 41-34 lead before a fourth personal foul sent Hook to the bench again.

Oklahoma played without a true point guard, having junior Whitney Hand run the offense, once Texas Tech cut the gap to three points. Ellenberg scored nine of OU’s next 14 as the Sooners began to put the game out of reach.

The win ended OU’s three-game road losing streak and kept the Sooners in the discussion for a No. 2-seed in the Big 12 tournament.



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