By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 30, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Sharane Campbell scored 23 points as No. 21 Oklahoma pounded TCU, 74-53, despite missing its leading scorer for most of the second half Wednesday.
The Sooners trailed 11-0 before Aaryn Ellenberg, who entering the game as the Big 12's second-leading scorer behind Baylor's Brittney Griner, scored from 3-point range five minutes into the contest to end the drought.
Ellenberg scored seven points before leaving the game with an ankle injury early in the second period.
"I just continue to be proud and impressed with these ladies that are on my basketball team," OU Head Coach Sherri Coale said. "They move ahead unfazed. When (Ellenberg) goes down in the second half, they did not panic they just turned up the intensity."
Campbell took over in the sharpshooter's absence, hitting a career-high five 3-pointers as OU began the second half making its first five shots from beyond the arc.
"The sky is the limit for her," Coale said. "You can tell. If you have to guard her at the 3-point line because she is five of eight, then you're in trouble as a defender because she can get to the rim. She has an unbelievable first step. That really puts defenders in a quandary."
Nicole Griffin added 11 points and Morgan Hook totaled nine points, eight assists and six rebounds. Freshman Nicole Kornet made three 3-pointers for 9 total points.
Oklahoma's ability to bounce back from a loss to No. 1 Baylor was questioned as TCU's early lead kept the score close.
"I did not think that we were playing in a lackluster way, which I thought we did in Fort Worth," Coale said. "That was not the case tonight. We just did not make shots. We settled, we shot quickly, we rushed everything a little bit. Again, these guys did not panic. They would get a stop and then go get a score and string a few of them together. Next thing you know, we were right back in it."
started 0-of-8 from the field before Ellenberg's 3 and finished the first period making 10 of their last 24 shots to take a 30-27 halftime lead.
OU opened the second half with four players scoring its first four buckets and Campbell hitting five consecutive 3-pointers to push the Sooners' lead to 23 points just 10 minutes into the half.
The Sooners have not lost consecutive games in January since the 2004-05 season.
The rally was from the greatest deficit OU had faced all season and won, but it was more of the same from a group that has lost four players, including three potential starters, to season-ending injuries.
"No matter what happens they believe that they can win games," Coale added. "That proved to be true tonight."