Sooners Cruise to 96-35 Victory

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 29, 2012


  1st 2nd F
 Northwestern St. 19 16 35
 Oklahoma 45 51 96
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 Stat Comparison OU NSU
 Points 96 35
 FG Made-Att. 35-61 14-53
 FG Percentage 57.4% 26.4%
 3FG Made-Att. 13-20 4-18
 3FG Percentage 65.0% 22.2%
 FT Made-Att. 13-17 3-7
 FT Percentage 76.5% 42.9%
 Rebounds 44 25
 Assists 23 7
 Turnovers 12 24
 Steals 14 5
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  NSU
 Points  Ellenberg - 22  Williams - 10
 Rebounds  McFarland - 11  Bradley - 6
 Assists  2 Players - 2  2 Players -2
 Steals  Ellenberg - 6  2 Players - 2
 Blocks  Griffin - 1  Upchurch - 1
 Performance of the Game
Junior G Aaryn Ellenberg
Ellenberg led all players in scoring with 22, but most impressive was her defensive tenacity. Ellenberg recorded 6 steals, the most by a Sooner this season.

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 Up Next
Who: Marist
When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
TV: FSSW+ / FCS Atlantic
Where: Lloyd Noble Center
What's at Stake: OU and Marist will meet for the first time since Dec. 9, 2009. The Sooners have won all three contests in the series.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points as No. 12 Oklahoma (6-1) trounced Northwestern State (4-3), 96-35, Thursday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

"I'm proud of our team," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "Obviously, we shot the ball well and things look really pretty when the ball is going in the basket like that. I thought we shared it well, evidenced by our high number of assists. Fairly low number of turnovers and a lot of guys got in on the action once again, so I was pleased with our effort."

OU, back at home for the first time since sweeping the three-game Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii, opened the game with a 10-0 lead and led 45-19 at halftime.

Freshman Nicole Kornet added a career-high 19 points for the Sooners in her first collegiate start. Kornet made her first five field goals, finishing 7-of-10 with four 3-pointers.

"I didn't feel any pressure," Kornet said. "You never know when something will happen in the blink of an eye, and you have to be ready."

Kornet replaced fellow freshman Maddie Manning in the Sooners' lineup after Manning suffered a season-ending ACL tear in practice Wednesday.

"That's a learner and a competitor," Coale said of Kornet. "She earned the right to be there and did a really good job. Obviously she's productive, she's going to make 3's, that's never a question."

All nine players on OU's active roster scored as the Sooners shot a season-high 57 percent from the field.

"You play the hand you're dealt," Coale said. "I thought everybody responded tonight; nobody felt sorry for themselves; everyone got lost in the competition and made one another better; and everybody just has to be a little bit better version of themselves."

Nicole Griffin scored Oklahoma's first four points en route to her fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 12 points. Morgan Hook scored 10 points and delivered five assists.
Senior forward Joanna McFarland came off the bench to pull down a game-high 11 rebounds as Oklahoma dominated the glass with a 44-25 edge.
Oklahoma was outstanding defensively, holding the Lady Demons to a season-low 35 points and forcing them into 24 turnovers, including 14 by way of steals. Ellenberg has six of those, the most by a Sooner this season.

"Scoring is something I do," Ellenberg said, "but sometimes I feel like that is the only thing I'm known for. I want to improve in other areas too. Playing defensively is something that I'm trying to focus on, just being aware and attentive the whole time."

Oklahoma next hosts Marist Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.  The game will be televised on FS Southwest.

"They are very well-coached," Coale added. "Brian (Giorgis) does an incredible job. They move well without the basketball as anyone we play against and that includes the big dogs. They understand angles and momentum and spacing and timing, all the fundamentals that make an offense click."




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