Oklahoma 102, Cameron 48
Exhibition Game | Lloyd Noble Center | Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale
“I was really pleased with the first half with how we came out. We were very attentive to detail, pushed the ball in transition, got good looks, shot it extremely well. It’s always pretty when you shoot it well. I thought we defended in a disciplined manner and that was one of the biggest things I was looking forward to the opportunity to do tonight with the new emphasis in the officiating. Many of the exhibition games we have watched the box scores and seen 80-plus free throws shot in games. We have really worked to be disciplined. I thought our guys did a nice job against a team that puts you in a position to foul. That’s what their offense is, that’s the way Cameron plays is to put you in position to foul. I was pleased with that.
"In the second half, we go 0-for-11 from the 3-point line, can’t make a free throw, all of that stuff sort of layers onto the young players. Some of them we didn’t have for the majority of the second half, but that will be good for them.”
On what she saw in the newcomers:
“T.T. (T’ona Edwards) probably had the best opening out of a freshman we’ve ever had. She posted incredible numbers and I thought ran the team well and looked confident. She didn’t look like she was in an environment she hadn’t been in before and that was impressive. There were some plays Gioya Carter made where you can understand why I’m so excited about her and what she can do on the floor. Great athlete, impeccable court vision. She can do a lot of things really well. She didn’t really shoot the ball well tonight but she can. Shaya Kellogg is going to be a kid that does all the little stuff, loose balls and gets up on the deadball and makes a stick call. She does all the little garbage stuff that helps you win games. Derica Wyatt did some good things. As the game went on she passed up more and more shots which I didn’t really understand. We’ll work on that. Pass up the great one and take the tough one, I don’t know where that comes from. She can shoot it obviously and she will continue to get better. I was pleased. I thought they all got good exposure and that’s what these two games are about.
On if this is a kind of pace they can maintain:
“I think what you saw was that we have the ability to substitute right now, which is so helpful. You are continually keeping fresh bodies in. Where you really get people is kind of that second four-minute interval because everybody is searching for their second wind and you can come in with players who are, if not as good, almost as good as the ones who started the game. The other team still has to keep their studs in and that’s where I thought we took advantage and really stretched it open. I just thought there were good decisions made. To have so many new guys on the squad there was lots of sharing of the basketball. The assist to turnover ratio, for a while, was great. It kind of caught up a little bit in the second half, but we still had more assists than turnovers. I think we assisted on close to half of our baskets. That’s a lot of sharing of the ball. They were pretty plays. I thought the first half was very pretty and we like to play pretty.”
On if she has the sense that they can run like OU teams of the past:
“Well, I have more horses to let loose for sure. The quality of the guys too, we have some speed, some athleticism and some length. All of those things play into that. I think what you have to remember too that is going to make us even better is that Morgan Hook is about as good as there is at passing ahead. We have all these guys running and she’s not even playing tonight. That’s another weapon that we can use. I think when you play really, really good teams you’re not going to get as many good opportunities as we got tonight obviously. That’s where we’ll have to work is transitioning from that to our half court.”
Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On her role within the team:
“I mean it’s important I try and do everything, I don’t think just scoring points is my job. Obviously it is something I am going to do, but I don’t really think about it. I just go out there and shoot when I am open.”
On what made her first 15 minutes play exceptional:
“We were passing the ball well and I was getting a lot of open looks, I don’t think any of them were forced or bad shots. I think that was working for me so I kept going with it.”
Junior Guard Sharane Campbell
On new players:
“I felt like it was just exciting. I felt like I have never skipped a beat and that I have been playing with them forever. They have been here since the summer but I feel like I have played games with them. Like TT [T’ona Edwards], she is from Spencer, Oklahoma, and I never played with her but I always wanted to, not going to lie. They were scared and I am basically just proud of them; very proud.”
On accomplishments from game:
“I think that we played really good defense. I know that of course we can score, we have a lot of scorers on our team, but I was really looking at the defensive part of it. For the most part we did what we wanted to, there are still parts we are missing but I feel like our defense really shocked them.”