OU Coasts to 118-53 Win in Exhibition

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 01, 2012


  1st 2nd F
 Okla. Christian 23 30 53
 Oklahoma 51 67 118
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 Postgame Press Conference

 Stat Comparison OU OC
 Points 118 53
 FG Made-Att. 42-72 18-73
 FG Percentage .583 .247
 3FG Made/Att. 12-30 6-32
 3FG Percentage .400 .188
 FT Made-Att. 22-28 11-15
 FT Percentage .786 .733
 Rebounds 53 39
 Turnovers 22 32
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  OC
 Points  Griffin - 23  O'Steen - 12
 Rebounds  2 Players - 8  Hamilton - 5
 Assists  Hook - 9  6 Players - 1
 Steals  Hand - 4  Hinton - 3
 Blocks  5 players - 1  3 Players - 1
 Performance of the Game
Junior C Nicole Griffin
Griffin scored a game-high 23 points, going 8-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw line. Considered the team's most improved player had her best performance as a Sooner.

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 Quote of the Night
Head Coach Sherri Coale
"They gave us some great stuff to work from in the film room -- a lot of cuts on offense, which tested our jump to the ball; played a lot of five out where our big had to come out and guard on the perimeter, which was good for us; press action, we hadn't done any press offense, so that was good for us, too. So we got exactly what we wanted to get out of the exhibition game.

Postgame Quotes
 Up Next
Who: Henderson State
When: Tues., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
TV: FCS Central
Where: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)
What's at Stake: Oklahoma looks to sweep its exhibition slate before opening the season on the road on Nov. 10.

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 Behind the Lens

NORMAN, Okla. -- Every Sooner veteran had the same reaction after the team's Oct. 26 intrasquad scrimmage -- their energy level needed to be better.

Oklahoma fueled the fans early and often in its exhibition opener Thursday, racing to a 118-53 victory against Oklahoma Christian behind double-digit scoring total from five players.

"I think we came out and proved that we can play with energy," OU point guard Morgan Hook said. "We talked about our scrimmage and how we came out flatlined, and I think we came out with that as a chip on our shoulder. Tonight we came out with energy and I think we did a good job."

Junior center Nicole Griffin scored a game-high 23 points and Hook totaled 18 points and nine assists with her only turnover coming on a charge called under the basket.

Oklahoma Christian put points on the board first with a 3 from Katy O'Steen, who finished with a team-high 12 points, then saw a 3 1/2-minute scoring drought as the Sooners connected on their next five shots for a 12-point run.

OU upped the score to 30-8 halfway through the first period and led 51-23 at halftime.

"They gave us some great stuff to work from in the film room -- a lot of cuts on offense, which tested our jump to the ball," OU head coach Sherri Coale said, "Played a lot of five out where our big had to come out and guard on the perimeter, which was good for us."

Considered the team's most improved player, Griffin showed an enhanced ability to run the floor in transition and establish position in early offense, leading to several quick scores for Oklahoma.

"I worked on post position and getting the ball where I can score," Griffin said of her offseason. "I've worked on a couple of moves and my hands and working on trying to catch the ball and looking to pass at the same time."

Griffin, who lead the Sooners in field goal percentage last year, was nearly flawless shooting with an 8-for-9 field goal performance and 7-for-8 free throw shooting.

OU newcomers also provided an ample supply of firepower.

Junior college All-America transfer Portia Durrett scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds and freshman Nicole Kornet had 14 and eight. Backup point guard Maddie Manning totaled nine points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Coale announced after the game that junior forward Lyndsey Cloman was ending her basketball career due to chronic back problems. Cloman missed the 2011-12 season after tearing an ACL in OU's first exhibition game.

"She's 21 years old -- she's got a bad back and we would like for her to live a healthy life," Coale said. "It was a very tough decision for Lyndsey but probably the right one. I think everybody agrees with that."




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