Campbell's Career Night Propels OU in OT

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 31, 2012

(14-6, 6-3 Big 12)
  1st 2nd OT F
 Oklahoma 25 39 10 74
 Kansas 27 37 4 68
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(16-5, 5-4 Big 12)
 Stat Comparison OU KU
 Points 74 68
 FG Made-Attempted 29-61 29-76
 FG Percentage .475 .382
 3P Made/Attempted 2-10 4-12
 3P Percentage .200 .333
 FT Made-Attempted 14-22 6-13
 FT Percentage .636 .462
 Rebounds 46 41
 Turnovers 19 16
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Kansas
 Points  Campbell (23)  Goodrich (18)
 Rebounds  Williams (10)  Goodrich (9)
 Assists  Hook (4)  Goodrich (6)
 Steals  Campbell (4)  2 Players (3)
 Blocks  Williams (1)  Davis (2)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sharane Campbell scored a career-high 23 points, swishing just her team's second 3-pointer to put the Sooners ahead for good in overtime, as Oklahoma defeated Kansas 74-68.

Campbell was 8-of-10 from the field, and seemed unstoppable at times when she touched the ball. Kansas struggled to defend the OU freshman, who followed her overtime trey by stuffing Angel Goodrich's runner on the opposite end to give her team the gap it needed to hold on the final seconds of the extra period.

"I love coaching this kid (Campbell) because she wants to learn and you can critique her and it doesn't affect how she feels about herself," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "She benefits when we praise her because she values criticism and she's a worker. I don't think she would have ever thought she could play 36 minutes as hard as she played tonight."

As much as Campbell was a thorn in the side of the Jayhawks, Goodrich was the same against the Sooners. The Tahlequah, Okla, native scored a team-high 18, hitting some wild shots, including a desperate overhand throw from the sideline leading to halftime.

"Undoubtedly, they had the momentum and that is one of the things that is so hard to squash," Coale continued. "They had the momentum in the middle of the second half where they had the effort plays on the ball going out-of-bounds save and getting a basket. There were three plays in a row where we turned it over and I wondered then if we could snatch momentum and put it back on our bench. You start to wonder, in this environment, can you possibly get it back?"

Kansas led 27-25 at the intermission.

But Campbell and her teammates found a way to hold Goodrich scoreless in overtime and OU's post players kept the powerful Kansas frontcourt in check.

Campbell forced herself to the free throw line to give OU a 3-point lead with 12.4 seconds remaining. Then Kansas' Monica Engelman, who scored 11, hit a last-chance 3 to end regulation, tied 64-64.

Whitney Hand scored 16 points and Morgan Hook had 11, but not from their usual spots on the court. The Sooners made 48 percent of their shots, but attacked Kansas in the paint on 23 of their 29 shots. The Sooners were 2-of-10 from 3 that saw leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg with a career-low one point coming at the free throw line.

"To sit here and say I'm really proud of our kids would be the ultimate understatement," Coale said. "To do what we did tonight against a very good KU team, who played well, without Vegas (Ellenberg) being involved is pretty remarkable."

Kaylon Williams, who replaced the injured Joanna McFarland in the starting lineup, scored eight points and grabbed 11 boards. Jelena Cerina, who had just six total points in Big 12 play entering the game, scored eight and held Kansas' leading scorer Carolyn Davis in check.



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