Oklahoma 78, Texas 70 | Jan. 5, 2013
Jan. 5, 2013
On the game:
|| Head Coach Sherri Coale
"Obviously, I was really pleased with the way we shot the ball. We have really, really good shooters, but those numbers are pretty impressive. You enjoy it when it happens. Some nights it’s going and some nights it’s not. And tonight it was. I thought our resilience was fantastic. We just fought them off. We had early foul trouble. We fought our way through it. And we had lots of contributions from Sharane Campbell, Portia Durrett and Nicole Kornet. Their minutes were huge. Just a great team win."
On 3-point shooting differential in first and second halves:
"There were several things. There were several offensive rebounds on Texas’ end or errant passes that got batted around that became a loose ball that we recovered. That gave us some opportunities to get 3’s in transition, a big part of how we play. We didn’t have those opportunities in the first half. Texas did a really good job of getting back and protecting in the first half. We ran a few sets to get looks, but by and large the barrage in the middle of the second half just came out of playing basketball. Loose balls leading to transition, rebounds leading to transition. Or plays that didn’t work, playing basketball out of the play that didn’t give you what it was designed to. It’s just guys understanding how to play."
On winning despite being outrebounded:
"They had more offensive rebounds than we had rebounds in the entire game. I don’t know if I have ever even seen that happen, much less have that happen and win. But when you go 9-of-11 from the three-point line, it covers a multitude of sins."
On confidence gained in this victory:
"We go one game at a time and focus on the task at hand. We knew we are not just going to run over people. We are going to have to play toward our strengths. It’s good to see these guys getting confidence though. I think that’s what happened midway through the second half. They forgot about everything and just trusted each other. And it was pretty to watch and rewarding as a coach to watch them go."
On the team's ability to find open 3-pointers in second half:
|| Junior Guard Morgan Hook
"I think it came from transition, too. In the first half, we were kind of walking the ball up. When we started the second half, we started pushing on makes and misses, and that got us open. It all came from transition in the second half."
On penetrating the Texas defense
"I just had to create separation. I just paid attention to that this game. Just creating separation. I think I played more poised in this game than I did in the previous game."
|| Sophomore Sharane Campbell
On second-half shooting:
"We were just taking open shots. You can’t be scared to shoot it. If you don’t shoot the shots, you miss them all."
On having a career-high 24 points:
"I just came to play, just do whatever I had to do -- drive, get fouls, and I just hit some 3 today"