NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's basketball team will try — again — to build some momentum heading into the postseason when it hosts Texas on Wednesday, but the Sooners could be without their leading scorer.
Senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss at Oklahoma State, and her status remains uncertain moving forward. She will undergo another concussion test before Wednesday's game to determine if she can play.
“It just has to be an all-around team thing,” said sophomore guard Nicole Kornet. “Obviously with Aaryn, that's where a majority of our points come from. Once we all get involved, that's when we can be really powerful.”
Ellenberg is averaging 18 points per game this season, and became the program's second all-time leading scorer last week.
Still, OU coach Sherri Coale noted that Ellenberg has had a few less-than-spectacular games this season, and that it would be similar if she's unavailable Wednesday.
“It's no different than a night when she's going 1-for-10,” Coale said. “She's been on the floor and had those kinds of nights, and we've won. It's got to be a little bit of everybody. Everybody just has to do their job.”
Kornet was one bright spot in the Sooners' 73-57 Bedlam loss on Sunday. Her 14 points were the most she's scored in the last two months, and if Ellenberg can't play Wednesday, Kornet would enter the starting lineup.
“It's been kind of a rocky season,” Kornet said. “I've had some shooting slumps. I just feel like, against OSU, I just pushed everything aside and played my game.”
Oklahoma was the preseason Big 12 Conference favorite, but has struggled with consistency throughout conference play. Virtually every time OU has pulled off an impressive victory, a disappointing loss has followed.
“They've been good,” Coale said of her team's response to the Bedlam loss. “They've worked hard. They don't go lay in a corner and cry about it. That's one thing about this team, they just keep pounding and coming back.”