|Points||Ventress - 14||Ellenberg - 19|
|Rebounds||Prince - 10||Griffin - 7|
|Assists||Two players - 2||Griffin - 5|
|Steals||Two players - 3||Ellenberg - 3|
|Blocks||Lovings - 3||Griffin - 2|
|Player of the Game|
|Aaryn Ellenberg // Sr. // G
Ellenberg scored 7 of her 19 during an early second-half 15-2 scoring run that gave the Sooners a comfortable lead.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Each team entered the game following a historic victory, but only the Sooners carried their momentum.
Oklahoma (13-7, 4-3 Big 12) cruised past TCU (12-7, 3-4) with a 63-52 victory Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
“I thought we played with great energy again,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “We got the shots we wanted on offense. We had a little bit of a turnover fiasco in the first half when Morgan (Hook) came out. But to survive that and take a 9-point lead into halftime with Morgan only playing seven minutes in the first half, I thought that was really big.”
Oklahoma led 11-3 when its starting point guard picked up a second personal foul. The Sooners turned the ball over on its next three possessions but, following a timeout, resurged with plays from Sharane Campbell.
Campbell, who scored eight points, was fouled on a layup attempts and made two free throws, then followed the play by taking a charge from Natalie Ventress. On the next trip down, Campbell hit a jumper to restart the Sooners’ offense.
The Sooners were able to extend their margin to as much 12 before the Horned Frogs scored 10 of their final 12 points of the half on free throws.
The OU defense held TCU’s leading scorer Zahna Medley to just five first-half points and left her scoreless during a 0-for-7 second-half performance.
“Vegas did a tremendous job on Medley and then taking advantage of opportunities to score in the second half particularly. I just thought we survived a really physical game, especially when the ball came off the glass, so I thought we held our own and survived it.”
Oklahoma led 29-20 at halftime. Following a TCU 3-pointer, the Sooners used a 15-2 scoring run, with 7 points provided by Ellenberg, to race past the Horned Frogs.
“Now it is important for us to just keep a consistent energy level,” Ellenberg said. “Because I think that is what really drives us. If the energy is there, then everything else will settle itself.”
The win was the first back-to-back for the Sooners in Big 12 play following their 75-54 victory at Iowa State on Tuesday. It was Oklahoma’s first win in Ames since 2008.
Oklahoma improved its series record with TCU to 15-3, including a 10-0 record in games played in Norman.
TCU took its first win over Texas in 33 tries on Sunday, but couldn’t ignite that spark Saturday as they struggled on offense. The Horned Frogs managed a season-low 14 field goals on 58 attempts for 24 percent field goal shooting.
Oklahoma shot 43 percent from the field and made eight of 18 3-point attempts. Ellenberg made three of those and sits just two points shy of LaNeishea Caufield for fifth on OU’s all-time scoring list with 2,123 career points scored.
Morgan Hook scored 11 points for Oklahoma. Nicole Griffin added four points and had a game-high five assists. The OU center’s previous career high was two.
Ventress scored 14 to lead TCU.