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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

“They have some very good athletes who are big and strong and put the ball on the floor and go to the rim,” Coale said. “So containing that explosive drive is going to be a big part of it, to turn them into passers. They shoot it well too but I think that's secondary to them getting to the rim and making plays.”

Being a tough matchup works both ways, though, as the Sooners have much more size inside with forwards Nicole Griffin (6-foot-6) and Joanna McFarland (6-foot-3) matched up against the Chippewas' forward tandem of Jessica Schroll and Taylor Johnson, both 5-foot-11.

A lot of the weight of that will fall on Hook, working to feed Griffin and McFarland the ball while looking for opportunities to go to the rim.

“It all starts from transition,” Hook said. “If we can score in the first six seconds most of the time, or if not just look for (Griffin) in there. She's probably going to have a 5-10, 5-11 girl on her and we need to take advantage of that.”