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Oklahoma women's basketball: Portia Durrett records double-double in OU's win over Cal State Northridge

Portia Durrett delivered in a big way with her first Division I double-double to guide No. 18 Oklahoma to a 79-57 victory over Cal State Northridge in the Lloyd Noble Center to finish out nonconference play.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 29, 2012
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photo - Cal State Northridge's Jianni Jackson (21) and Oklahoma's Portia Durrett (31) battle for the ball in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Cal State Northridge's Jianni Jackson (21) and Oklahoma's Portia Durrett (31) battle for the ball in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

— Portia Durrett found her comfort level.

The 6-foot-1 junior-college transfer had struggled to slow the game down to start the season.

But she rediscovered her rhythm off the bench Saturday.

Once that happened, Durrett delivered in a big way with her first Division I double-double to guide No. 18 Oklahoma to a 79-57 victory over Cal State Northridge in the Lloyd Noble Center to finish out nonconference play.

Durrett scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Sooners, providing a spark with senior Joanna McFarland in foul trouble.

“I definitely got comfortable in the second half,” Durrett said. “Once I saw my teammates going in the first half, it was like I got to keep it going.”

Along with Durrett's outburst, OU's Aaryn Ellenberg remained hot with a game-high 24 points. Nicole Griffin and Sharane Campbell added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The second half saw the Sooners (10-2) build a 32-point lead, making Cal State Northridge (6-5) look nothing like the team that recently beat UCLA, a team that beat OU in November.

“They are a better basketball team than they appeared to be today,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “Obviously, they live and die by that 3 ball a lot, but we rushed their 3s and took their first options away, and that created some of that.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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