Nov. 4, 2010

Recap |  Notes

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the team’s adjustment to six newcomers:
“We just tried a lot of different combinations. It was sloppy and we didn’t look in sync and part of that is my fault.  We haven’t worked on zone offense at all.  We were trying to learn it on the fly and had a lot of strange combinations at times.  There were some good things. We were on the floor after every loose ball, we made a lot of good effort plays, did some good things in transition.  Morgan (Hook) came in the game early and knocked down a couple 3’s and showed what she can do to stretch defenses.  I thought we had good performances from our backup post guys -- Jelena (Cerina) came in and got going and Nicole (Griffin), at the end, established herself a little bit.  There were good moments but too many turnovers overall.”

On the play of Aaryn Ellenberg:
“This is the first time I’ve seen her kind of nervous.  I haven’t seen her bothered by one thing yet, so maybe it was a couple thousand people in the Lloyd Noble Center that bothered her a little bit.  One of the things I love about Aaryn is her confidence. She knows she can score, she’s not going to turn down good shots. She’s going to keep getting after it and she’s going to be a big-time player.”

On scoring 40 points off turnovers:
“We want to be able generate our offense with our defense and we did a good job of that.  We got a little greedy and either gave them an angle to the rim or fouled.  But I liked their aggression.  I like the way, particularly, Danielle (Robinson) was getting after the ball.  I like the way my big girl Joanna (Mcfarland) goes diving after the loose ball and makes a play.  Lauren Willis comes in and flies around, dives on the floor and gets a loose ball.  So I thought there were some really good things in that regard in the effort category.”

On the play of senior guard Lauren Willis:
“Clean -- that’s what she has to be for us.  She will make open shots and, so if she takes care of the basketball, makes the easy pass and doesn’t put herself in the position to make really difficult decisions, she can be effective for us.  We always know she will play hard and get a charge a game.  If I leave her in long enough she will always find a way to get a charge.”

On the team’s performance:
“The second half was definitely better.  It took us awhile in the first half to settle in.  I felt we tried to do too much at once.  There were three guys open, so we threw it between all three of them instead of to somebody.  Our decision making was all revved up and I think that was a reflection of being a little excited to play and getting out on the floor.  We settled down in the second half. I thought the guys on the bench did a great job on watching and learning from the first guys.  Then when they came in, they had a little more poise to them which is why we cleaned it up a little in the second half.“

On the contribution of the bench:
“I think we do have a lot of different players that can score and, on any given night, depending on our opponent and who has the hot hand, you’ll see pretty good numbers from a lot of different categories so I expect that to continue.”

On if Carlee Roethlisberger, who sat out the game with an ankle sprain, would be a regular starter in the future:
“Carlee has been fantastic, and she has been really solid in practice.  Her effort and her attitude are always terrific but her production has been really good too.  She plays that spot where we’re probably thinner than anywhere else on the floor.  Getting that length with that athlete at the 4-spot, who can shoot the 3, take it to the rim and play a little post defense. She’s kind of a hard one to replace when she comes out so she is definitely in that first mix.”

Senior Guard Danielle Robinson
On her adjusting to new post players:
“I think I was a just a little impatient on the offensive end. Not wanting to make her seal, and in that position I just have to realize that Nicole is 6-foot-6 and I don’t have to bounce it all the time. I can throw it up to the backboard and she’s going to have the hands to get it. Posts were getting the right seals and the right muscles, we just need a little more pass fix.”

On freshman Aaryn Ellenberg:
“I thought she did some really good stuff out there. She pressured the ball; she could get in the back court and got some good open looks inside the zone. She broke down the defense. I think that she plays hard. I think that when she took over as point guard, she did some really good stuff. She helped lead the team which is hard to do as a freshman. I think she has a great potential.”

Freshman Guard Aaryn Ellenburg
On her confidence:
“I was a little nervous. I mean, it was my first time out there. It’s different. (Head coach Sherri Coale) doesn’t want me to pass open shots up, so I am going to take a shot and if I miss I just keep on moving with it.”

On her performance:
“I was a little nervous, as you could probably tell. I felt I did better in practice but it was a totally different situation this time with so many people watching. It was the first game, but for the most part I think I did well.”