“I think the biggest part for us will be chemistry,” Spangler said. “We're a young team and playing five games and having the extra practice time is important for us.”
Hield will still travel with the team on the trip, which begins Tuesday.
EXPERIENCE IN RUSSIA ‘EXTRAORDINARY' FOR COALE, ELLENBERG
Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale led Team USA to a gold-medal finish in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, in mid-July.
OU senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg played on the team, averaging 9.2 points per game for the tournament.
“The experience was extraordinary, especially after we won,” Coale said Wednesday. “It was really pressure packed until then, and then it was exhilarating.”
Coale said she expects Ellenberg's experience will make her 2013-14 Sooners team better, and also prepare the 5-foot-7 guard for professional basketball.
“She may have gotten a taste of what it's going to be like at the next level,” Coale said. “The people that we played against — particularly the Russians and the Australians — a lot of size everywhere.”
KRUGER EXCITED FOR HEADINGTON OPENING
While Kruger said he was happy his players are able to move into Headington Hall now, the biggest impact will start to be felt over the next few months.
“It's fantastic,” Kruger said. “It's as good as anywhere in the country.
“We'll sure use that in recruiting very strongly.”
The new $75 million privately funded housing center opened Sunday. In addition to housing, it holds a game room, media lounge, study rooms, a 75-seat theater and the Sam Bradford Training Table.
Headington Hall will house 380 students with 49 percent being Sooners athletes.
Stoops said that he will require players to spend their first two seasons at the facility located at Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street.
COALE EXCITED ABOUT NEWCOMERS
Coale said her team's newcomers have been impressive in the limited time she's spent with them this summer.
The Sooners added freshmen guards Gioya Carter (Carl Albert), T'ona Edwards (Northeast) and Derica Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn.), along with forwards Felisha Gibbs (Earle, Ark.) and Shaya Kellogg (Ames, Iowa).
“I love the new kids,” Coale said. “I'm a little bit envious of my staff because they've gotten to be around them a little bit more than I have this summer.
“I was proud of their competitiveness, their ability to score, how quickly they have learned through the individual workouts this summer.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY