NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 11 Oklahoma played one final tune-up before starting the regular season, and the Sooners nearly pitched a shutout.
Oklahoma defeated the University of Central Oklahoma 96-37 in its exhibition finale at the Lloyd Noble Center, using a stifling defense to pull away from the Bronchos with a 37-0 first-half scoring run.
OU led 11-6 with 16 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the first half. UCO didn't score again until Brittany Lancaster made two free throws with six seconds remaining in the period.
“They took a lot of contested shots," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "Anytime that happens, even if you’re a great shooting team, it’ll drop that percentage severely.
"The thing I have been most pleased about, in a nutshell, in our two exhibition games is our effort defensively. We’re guarding people together. We’re making people take really tough shots."
UCO hit just 6 percent of its field goals in the first half, with two of its 32 attempts coming from Jill Bryan 3-pointers.
Kaylon Williams had game highs with 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
“I felt pretty good tonight running up and down the floor with Nicole [Griffin]," Williams said. "We kind of had a tag-team deal tonight being a threat on post and sending a message out early to some people that we are not going to be very soft."
Nicole Griffin added 13 points and Portia Durrett 10 as OU's post players combined for 45 points.
Aaryn Ellenberg totaled 16 points, six rebounds (five on the defensive glass) and two steals as she paced the Sooners' defensive intensity.
“She has an edge about her. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. This is her senior season and we have got a chance to do special things. You can say what you want to but she is the best player in the gym.”
Morgan Hook, who sat out OU's first exhibition game due to a dislocated thumb, started at point guard. Hook totaled nine points in 16 minutes on the court.
"It feels great and it felt great to play tonight," Hook said. "(The discomfort) is what I am going to have to go with for a little bit. It feels great.”
OU outscored UCO 48-12 in the paint and 36-5 on second-chance points.
The Sooners begin the regular season Friday, Nov. 8, hosting Stetson in the first round of the Women's Preseason WNIT. Tickets are available for purchase online at SoonerSports.com.