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Oklahoma basketball: Aaryn Ellenberg scores 22 as Sooners beat Texas

Oklahoma bounced back from its first Big 12 loss of the season with a 69-56 victory Saturday over Red River rival Texas at Lloyd Noble Center.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 19, 2013
/articleid/3747519/1/pictures/1931620">Photo - Oklahoma Sooners' Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives past Texas Longhorn's Empress Davenport (1) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners' Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives past Texas Longhorn's Empress Davenport (1) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 22 points Saturday; junior Chassidy Fussell's 21 points led Texas scorers.

“Obviously we had to have some sort of resolve,” Ellenberg said. “We really had to make a statement for ourselves and for the other teams watching.

“We responded from the loss and we did what we had to do to take care of our business.”

Oklahoma gets a rare six-day break beginning Sunday, and it comes at an ideal time; All-America center Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor — which has beaten the Sooners in five straight meetings — await next Saturday at 11 a.m.

“It's an opportunity to breathe more than anything,” Coale said. “You let your body settle down; you let your mind settle down.

“I like (the break) right here because we have had enough of a taste of what's going on, and we've positioned ourselves really well. ... We're gonna be on an ascension from here on out, and this is an opportunity for us to gather ourselves and then get started on finishing this thing off right.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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