Oklahoma basketball: Central Michigan guards' size could present problem for OU women

No. 11-seed Central Michigan's three starting guards have a combined five inches on the sixth-seeded Sooners' set.
BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Published: March 20, 2013
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photo - Akron's Carly Young (35) works for a rebound against Central Michigan's Taylor Johnson in the first half in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: OHDR110
Akron's Carly Young (35) works for a rebound against Central Michigan's Taylor Johnson in the first half in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: OHDR110

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale didn't know much about Central Michigan before the Chippewas were announced as the Sooners' opponent for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

But as Coale has studied the opponent more, a matchup problem has become more and more apparent.

“The more film I watch, the more impressed I am with them,” Coale said. “They've got really big guards. They're a tough matchup for us.”

No. 11-seed Central Michigan's three starting guards have a combined five inches on the sixth-seeded Sooners' set.

Keeping the guards in front of them will be key.

“Staying in front of the ball is a big thing with them,” point guard Morgan Hook said. “They can all penetrate and can all get to the rim. If they go in and post, you've got to fight your own battle down there and try to get in there and front the best you can and then just know your teammates are going to be there to help.

“It's just kind of a trust thing when it comes down to it.”

The Chippewas got much bigger at guard in late February when point guard Jessica Green was lost for the season with an ACL tear. Brandie Baker, a 6-footer, took over the position from that point on.

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