COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oklahoma guard Aaryn Ellenberg knew an opportunity when she saw one Monday night against UCLA in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament in St. John Arena.
After finding her stroke in the second half of the Sooners' first-round tournament win, Ellenberg's 3-pointer 14 seconds into the UCLA game was a sign of what was to come for her and her teammates.
Ellenberg finished with 27 points while making six 3-pointers as Oklahoma avenged an early season loss to the Bruins with an 85-72 win.
The victory sends the Sooners into a Sweet Sixteen matchup Sunday against Tennessee in Oklahoma City.
“Why not exploit (3-point shooting) if they're not guarding it very well?” Ellenberg said.
Ellenberg wasn't the only player to get hot from the outside as the Sooners improved to 24-10.
Joanna McFarland, who had only attempted 81 3-pointers during the regular season, made three from behind the arc during the first half to help Oklahoma build a 35-25 lead with 5:25 left in the first half.
Sharane Campbell and Nicole Kornet also made one 3-pointer apiece for Oklahoma, which finished 11 of 27 from 3-point range.
The Bruins, meanwhile, made just two of 12 from 3-point range.
“Aaryn's made more 3-pointer than their whole team,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “It helped us fine-tune our game plan and be real specific with how we were going to defend. I thought we were real dialed in and were in sync with the moment.”
UCLA, which was the third seed and beat the Sooners 86-80 on Nov. 14, finished 26-8.