Oklahoma suffered its fifth and final season ending injury Sunday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Concussion-like symptoms kept junior point guard Morgan Hook off the floor the final 31 minutes of the Sooners’ 74-59 regional semifinal loss to Tennessee, which ended OU’s improbable run through the NCAA Tournament.
“That was one of those where you’re like, ‘Really? Seriously? After everything, now we’re going to drop another one right here in the Sweet 16?’” said OU coach Sherri Coale.
The Sooners, who finish the season at 24-11, never led Sunday and struggled to establish much rhythm at all offensively.
“We’ve had a lot of downs, but we respond really well when things don’t necessarily go our way,” said junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg,OU’s leading scorer who struggled from the field Sunday with 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting.
“People get injured and we tried to muster up as much as we could, but it just didn’t happen."
No. 2-seeded Tennessee jumped out to a 9-3 lead early, but the Sooners battled back with a 6-0 run to tie it. After that, though, the Volunteers (27-7) went on a 17-4 run that included Hook’s injury.
“Morgan is our point guard, she plays ... almost 40 minutes a game,” said senior forward Joanna McFarland, who finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds in the final game of her career.
“She’s kind of the floor leader, gets us in the offense and everything. We kind of missed that.”
In Hook’s absence, senior reserve Jasmine Hartman played 36 minutes, finishing with two points and eight rebounds.