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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

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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