Oklahoma basketball: Aaryn Ellenberg takes on the role of vocal leader

When Whitney Hand went down with an ACL tear, OU coach Sherri Coale needed someone step up and be more vocal.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 1, 2013
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photo - REACTION: Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) reacts after a teammate scored a basket in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
REACTION: Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) reacts after a teammate scored a basket in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“She'll never admit she's uncomfortable with most things,” Hook said. “I think she's trying.”

Ellenberg is aware that she is still making the transition from quiet follower to directional leader. Since Hand went down, Ellenberg's scoring and minutes have stayed the same. She's scored more than 20 points in each of the Sooners' last three games and is averaging 17.8 points and 29.3 minutes on the season. It's her voice that has grown.

“She always talks to me about I know what the right thing is to do and where everybody's supposed to be and where I'm supposed to be but I always keep it to myself,” Ellenberg said Coale. “The problem is sharing it with everybody else.”

So now Ellenberg is applying an old lesson from high school. She feels she is getting better.

 “Softball taught me when I'm working hard at something,” Ellenberg said “I'll progress and get better at it.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma

*When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

*Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

*TV: FS Plus (Cox 68/715), FCS Central (Cox 271, U-verse 648)

*Radio: KREF-AM 1400

Three things to know

*This is the second meeting between the teams, but it's their first meeting as Big 12 foes. West Virginia defeated OU 83-65 in a 1989 game in Norman.

*In the Preseason Big 12 Coaches' Poll, OU and WVU tied for second.

*The Sooners are 9-0 when leading at halftime. They are 1-2 when trailing.

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