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OU women's basketball: Q&A with center Nicole Griffin

Staff writer Jenni Carlson asks Griffin about the Sooners' chances against Michigan on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.
by Jenni Carlson Published: March 15, 2012

Oklahoma center Nicole Griffin has faced one tall task after another this season. Such is life in the Big 12.

What kind of challenge will Michigan pose Sunday in the Sooners' NCAA Tournament opener?

Griffin talked about that and much more with The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson.

There are lots of good centers in the Big 12. What's it like knowing you won't be facing someone from the conference on Sunday?

It's almost like a relief. The Big 12, all the teams know what you do. They know what you like. They know your plays. They know everything. Now, it's kind of like a fresh start. I feel like you can play more free because you're not thinking, “They know I'm going to try to do this to counter that.” You can just kind of play.

The Big Ten tends to have pretty physical post players. What are you expecting out of Michigan?

We just watched their defense. Their starter is 6-1, and their second post is 6-4, but they're pretty big.

So, what's important for your post players against them?

First, we need to be available to catch the ball. That's where it all starts. Then, we need to rebound. Offensive boards, we struggled with that last game, and that's one thing we're focusing on as bigs — going and crashing.

What about you individually? What do you need to do Sunday night?

I feel I need to look to score. I need to run the floor, get in transition. I need to be a factor on defense if they penetrate the paint. Those are my three main things.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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