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Oklahoma basketball: Aaryn Ellenberg leads Sooners past Western Illinois

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: December 4, 2013

— Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points, and four of her teammates scored in double figures as No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Western Illinois 97-80 on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

Morgan Hook added 14 points, Nicole Griffin had 13 and Sharane Campbell 12 for the Sooners (6-2). Nicole Kornet added 10 off the bench.

Ashley Luke scored 27 points, two shy of her career best, and grabbed six rebounds and six steals for Western Illinois (4-5). Rebecca Henricson added 18.

“(Western Illinois) shot the ball extremely well and they played their tails off for 40 minutes," OU coach Sherri Coale said. "I have such respect for the way they're coached, the way they compete, and they're going to win a lot of basketball games if they play that hard and shoot that well.”

OU was 38-of-70 (54 percent) shooting from the field, and Western Illinois made 28 of 54 (52 percent) shots.

The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled by Hook's seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game close until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jumper, assisted Shaya Kellogg's layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28 lead with 4:27 to play before halftime.

The Sooners' lead never got below double figures after that.

OU returns to action Sunday, playing host to No. 2 Duke at 3 p.m.

“I think that schedules give you opportunities, and when opportunities present themselves you better snag them," Coale said. "I'll tell you what, Sunday is an opportunity. You can talk around it, below it, and beside it, but it's an opportunity and we need to take advantage of it.”