Big 12 women's basketball notebook: OU will alternate point guards

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 19, 2011
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With Danielle Robinson playing in the WNBA, Oklahoma's point guard options are sophomore Morgan Hook and freshman DaShawn Harden. Aaryn Ellenberg, who averaged 16.2 points as a freshman, will remain at shooting guard.


“If you put them beside each other, you'd put the wow by DaShawn and the vanilla by Morgan,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “But Morgan is deceptive. She's a very clever finisher. She can get to the rim. Morgan's greatest gift is she plays at her own speed. She doesn't try to go too fast.”

YOUNG IS STILL RECOVERING

Oklahoma State junior forward Toni Young, a preseason All-Big 12 selection who led the conference in double-doubles last season, hasn't completely recovered from a broken arm she suffered late last season.

“She didn't quite have the summer that we wanted her to have,” said OSU coach Kurt Budke. “But I would think the experience of being a go-to person ... she started feeling a lot of confidence that we were going to her to finish off games.”

3-POINT LINE PUSHED BACK

The women's 3-point line has been moved back to 20 feet, 9 inches, the same as the men.

“I don't think you'll see us shoot any less or make any fewer (3-pointers),” Coale said. “Our stat line won't be affected. But some of our opponents' (stat lines) will be affected. It could help us.”

OSU HAS NO SENIORS

The Cowgirls, 17-15 last season, don't have a senior on the roster but return four players who started at least 16 games.

“The good thing about this team is everybody will be back next year and this is a team that lost seven games in the final five minutes,” Budke said. “Our inexperience showed last year. If we win just half of those games this year we're looking at a 20-win season.”

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