Sooners Roll on Senior Night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 03, 2014
Texas TechTexas Tech
Stat Comparison
Category Texas Tech Oklahoma
Points 32 87
FG-A 12-58 31-64
FG% 20.7 48.4
3FG-A 1-15 15-29
3FG% 6.7 51.7
FT-A 7-11 10-12
FT% 63.6 83.3
Rebounds 35 47
Assists 4 17
Turnovers 12 8
Blocks 2 8
Steals 6 8
Inidividual Leaders
Category Texas Tech
Points Cook-Taylor - 12 Ellenberg - 18
Rebounds Cook-Taylor - 7 Williams - 7
Assists Four players - 1 Two players - 4
Steals Two players - 2 Two players - 2
Blocks Two players - 1 Durrett - 3
Player of the Game
Aaryn Ellenberg // Sr. // G
Ellenberg kick started the Sooners and led them to an impressive victory with 18 points, 12 coming from 3-pointers.

NORMAN, Okla. -- Once Oklahoma got rolling, the Sooners didn’t stop, setting a program record for largest win in a conference game.

Oklahoma (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) sent its senior class off with an 87-32 rout of Texas Tech (6-23, 0-18), delivering a regular season finale win at the Lloyd Noble Center Monday afternoon.

"Coming off of a bad loss in Fort Worth and just trying to grind our way out," OU head coach Sherri Coale said, "I knew that if we just hit a couple we could get going and forget how much was riding on tonight’s game."

The Sooners trailed 6-3 after 6 ½ minutes as the two teams opened the game with a combined 2-for-17 shooting.

Oklahoma, however, found its offense solidly beyond the arc. Nicole Kornet and Aaryn Ellenberg hit back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a 15-2 run. After a 1-for-7 start, the Sooners shot 54 percent and led 36-17 at halftime.

“I just think it was really good for us to see the ball go in the basket a little bit. We have struggled with that. We have really not had a game all year where we have shot it across the board really well the way we did tonight.”

Ellenberg scored 18 points to lead four Sooners in double digits. Nicole Kornet and Sharane Campbell each had 15 points and combined for 8-of-9 3-point shooting.

Oklahoma’s 15 3-pointers was a season high and the most since setting a program record of 17 early last season.

The Sooners cruised in the second half, outscoring Texas Tech 51-15, with 49 percent field goal shooting and a 52 percent mark from 3-point range.

“I thought we played hard and I thought we helped each other and we knew that Tech needed to get to the paint to score bunches of points so we protected that well with our help side. Our post guys were really active helping on penetration and that made a big difference, too.”

As hot as Oklahoma’s offense was, Texas Tech’s was as anemic. The Sooners held the Lady Raiders scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the second half, allowing their fewest points ever from a Big 12 opponent. 

Texas Tech was 21 percent from the field and made just one of 15 3-point attempts. The OU bench outscored Texas Tech’s team by one point, ending the Lady Raiders season as the third Big 12 team ever winless in conference play.

Ivonne Cook-Taylor totaled 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders.

The Sooners celebrated their victory with a postgame celebration for their four seniors -- Ellenberg, Portia Durrett, Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook.

“It was great," Ellenberg said. "It was awesome to go out on a win, obviously. Just taking it all in and enjoying the win in my last game here. It’s been a long ride but at the same time its great to get going to something else."

The game was rescheduled from a 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. tip-off after inclement weather made travel in the area difficult.

Oklahoma will enter the Big 12 Championship as the No. 6 seed and play 3-seed Texas Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.




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