No. 14/15 Oklahoma drops UAPB, 118-52.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) --
When the Oklahoma Sooners (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) weren't forcing turnovers, they were finding open shooters and knocking down 3-pointers at a blistering pace.
The Sooners set new season-highs in points, turnovers, steals and assists but tied a school record with 16 3-pointers on the way to a 118-52 victory against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
"We knew our transition was going to be what carried us this game," senior guard Danielle Robinson said. "We took advantage of that. We got a lot of tips on defense, rebounded well and got out and ran."
Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg scored 29 points and Morgan Hook added 21 points and a career-high six steals -- five more than her previous best. Robinson added 21 points, nine assists and five steals for Oklahoma (10-2). The Sooners had 27 assists, forced 36 turnovers and grabbed 21 steals.
Ten different players scored for Oklahoma, which led by 27 at halftime.
"Our last two games we didn't share the basketball as we had in previous games," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "I'm a big believer that the quality of your passing affects the quality of your shooting. The one precedes the other. Tonight we shared it really well and the shooting numbers speak for themselves."
After Arkansas Pine-Bluff took a 4-1 lead, Oklahoma forced 12 turnovers on the next 18 Lady Lions' possessions and went on a 19-2 in seven minutes.
"There's a trickle down affect with how hard your point guard plays," Coale said. "They're at the point of the defense. Everybody else watches it and takes their cue from them."
Chigoziany Okwumabua led the way for Arkansas Pine-Bluff (0-10) with 15 points. Laquisha Slaton scored 11 and Jenise Gentry added 10.
Coming off one of its best games of the season, Oklahoma will get one more weapon when it travels to TCU on Sunday. It's been 401 days since guard Whitney Hand took the floor for the Sooners and is scheduled to do so again in her hometown of Fort Worth.
"The biggest thing you get from Whitney is presence," Coale said. "She just has presence about her. Everybody looks at her and just feels better about the situation because she's on the floor."
Hand was sidelined with an ACL injury only five games into last season after averaging 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. She resumed practice on Dec. 26 after suffering a setback that caused her to miss the first half of the season.
"It's funny that her first day back from practice is a holiday practice," Coale said. "They turn five shades of blue because it's not necessarily your easiest practice of the year."