OU regional notebook: Post players also come up big for Sooners

Kaylon Williams, Jelena Cerina and Nicole Griffin combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds.
BY RYAN ABER AND JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers, raber@opubco.com; jcarlson@opubco.com Published: March 18, 2012

While much of the attention went to the play of Oklahoma's guards in Sunday's 88-67 win over Michigan, the Sooners' post players loomed equally large.

OU outrebounded the Wolverines 43-33, including a 28-7 advantage on Michigan's end.

The Sooners three post players — Kaylon Williams, Jelena Cerina and Nicole Griffin combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds.

“We have won some games getting five or six (points) from that position combined,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “That's a big part of this, too. When your guards are shooting the way they are, that creates some one-on-one coverage in the post. That's an advantage.

“I thought contributions from all three and particularly Nicole in all facets of the game. Affecting shots and getting shots, that's important.”


Michigan's leading scorer, Rachel Sheffer, played only 14 minutes on Sunday.

She was neither sick nor hurt.

Sam Arnold played the center position most of the game instead, logging 26 minutes and scoring 11 points.

“She played really well, and we hadn't really utilized (both) playing together very much this year,” Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said, explaining of why Arnold got a lion's share of the minutes. “Maybe (playing both) was something we needed to explore.

“That is what my 86-year-old mother has been telling me for two years, that they should play together.”

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