Oklahoma leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg was in the midst of an ineffective offensive showing (eight points, 3-of-10 shooting) against Oklahoma State on Sunday when she was, quite literally, knocked out of the game.
About midway through the second half, Ellenberg ran directly into a clean screen set near midcourt by Cowgirl post Kendra Suttles. Ellenberg remained down for several minutes before OU strength and conditioning coach Jozsef Szendrei carried her off the floor.
Following the game, Sooner coach Sherri Coale was unsure of the severity of Ellenberg's injury. But she also didn't exactly sound optimistic.
“Don't know yet,” Coale said. “Not good.”
ANDREA RILEY'S JERSEY RETIRED
OSU retired former star Andrea Riley's jersey at halftime, making the Cowgirls' all-time leading scorer the fourth player in program history to earn that distinction.
Riley was emotional when addressing the crowd during the ceremony, particularly when touching on the impact of late coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash in 2011.
And when asked about her favorite Cowgirl memory, Riley easily pointed to the 2008 Bedlam game, where she racked up 45 points and zero turnovers in a blowout win that is perhaps the biggest victory in program history.
“We whooped them,” Riley said.
SUTTLES RE-INSERTED INTO STARTING LINEUP
After using a three-guard starting lineup for the majority of Big 12 play, OSU coach Jim Littell re-inserted Suttles as a starter against the Sooners in place of freshman Roshunda Johnson.
That distinct size advantage with Suttles and center LaShawn Jones clearly factored into the Cowgirls' 48-31 rebounding edge.
“I just look back on it that that's the lineup we started at the beginning of the year, and we were probably playing a little better at that time,” Littell said. “It was just a hunch that I was gonna go to that lineup.
“Kendra Suttles has kind of a calming force on our team. She knows how to play. She can create some baskets on her own. She's a good passer. She's crafty. She doesn't jump very high. She's not very quick. But she's crafty at what she does and understands how to play the game.”
KORNET BRINGS LIFT OFF SOONER BENCH
OSU held every Sooner starter under double digits in Sunday's Bedlam win.
OU's leading scorer? Nicole Kornet, who shot 4-of-8 from 3-point land and finished with 14 points.
Coming into the game, Kornet was averaging just 4.8 points per game while shooting just 28.1 percent from beyond the arc.
“Obviously, what I've done hasn't been working,” Kornet said. “So I just went in there with the mindset that it's a clean slate, we're just gonna play and shoot the ball, and I did.
“I made some shots, but there's still so much more that needs to be done.”