Sooners March Past K-State
|Points||Romero - 19||Ellenberg - 23|
|Rebounds||Romero - 11||Campbell - 10|
|Assists||Romero - 4||Hook - 4|
|Steals||Two players - 3||Campbell - 2|
|Blocks||Leick - 1||Two players - 1|
|Player of the Game|
|Sharane Campbell // Jr. // G
Campbell recorded her fourth career double-double, and first of the season, with a 14-point, 10-rebound performance. Campbell scored eight straight points in the second half to help the Sooners pull away for the victory.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 points and Sharane Campbell added a double-double as the Sooners ran away from Kansas State in the second half for a 60-51 victory Saturday night.
Oklahoma (11-6, 2-2 Big 12) rebounded from two consecutive overtime losses and kept Kansas State (6-9, 0-4) winless in Big 12 Conference play.
“All wins are good wins in the Big 12 Conference," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "You’ve got to take care of your home floor and we did that tonight. Kansas State is young, and they were playing really really hard and scrappy the entire game."
It was Oklahoma's 14th straight win over Kansas State. The Sooners last loss to the Wildcats came almost 10 years ago on Jan. 31, 2004.
The Sooners never trailed and led comfortably early as the Wildcats made just two of their first first field goal attempts. But OU also struggled on offense, shooting just 32 percent in the first half and held a 23-18 advantage at halftime.
Ellenberg, who scored a career-high 37 points and crossed 2,000 in her career in OU's loss Wednesday, accounted for 13 of Oklahoma's first 15 second-half points.
Campbell then scored eight consecutive Oklahoma points to give the Sooners a 17-point lead with 9 1/2 minutes to play.
“I think Sharane is our X-factor. I don’t know a game that she’s played really really well that we’ve lost. Some kids are skill packages and some are effort packages. What you saw from her from 12-minute-and-change on the clock tonight, the game turned during that spell."
Oklahoma improved to 50 percent shooting in the second half.
"We had really good looks," Coale added. "I didn’t think we fed the post as much as we had talked about trying to feed the post during the game. We passed up many opportunities to get Nicole Griffin the ball."
Oklahoma's Nicole Griffin scored 14, setting career highs with 10-for-13 free-throw shooting, and Kaylon Williams totaled six points.
Leticia Romero had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State.
The Wildcats made just six of 29 field goal attempts in the first half and finished the game shooting 30 percent, including a 20 percent 3-point field goal percentage on 30 attempts.
"Our 3-point shots are, right now, sort of elusive," Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson said. "But all in all, I thought we fought hard.
"In the second half, defensively, we probably had more one-on-one breakdowns, more individual breakdowns defensively in those last five minutes of play than, probably, that previous 30 minutes of the game."