“That’s something we’ve pointed out ... ‘Boy, we miss Whit getting all those offensive rebounds from the perimeter,’” Coale said. “Who can do that? Well, (Campbell) can do that. She focused on that today.”
Ellenberg, OU’s leading scorer who finished with 17 points Sunday, was successful on just one field-goal attempt by halftime.
“It was really more than not making shots,” Coale said of Ellenberg’s first half.
“She couldn’t catch it. She couldn’t dribble it. She couldn’t pass it. Really just didn’t have her in any element there.”
But Campbell and other Sooners stepped up to account for Ellenberg’s early struggles.
Junior center Nicole Griffin led all scorers with 21 points, and senior forward Joanna McFarland recorded her third straight double-double, and her seventh in OU’s 11 conference games.
“How awesome is that? To have a player on your team where you can go, ‘I know she’s gonna get 15 boards?’” Coale said of McFarland’s 10-point, 15-rebound game Sunday.
“I haven’t felt like that since Courtney Paris was here. That’s a luxury. I’m not taking that for granted.”