NORMAN — Oklahoma senior and team captain Morgan Hook hasn't been shy about publicly expressing frustration with her team's lack of effort and energy at times this season.
After Saturday's 63-52 win over TCU inside Lloyd Noble Center, Hook believes the team is finally getting it.
“Everyone was so focused on that game, every single possession,” Hook said of Oklahoma's convincing win at No. 20 Iowa State last week. “I think it did come from the Iowa State game and the practices leading up to it.”
The Sooners will carry a two-game winning streak — their first in more than three weeks — into Wednesday's game at Kansas State.
Oklahoma wasn't perfect Saturday against the Horned Frogs, though. OU committed 12 first-half turnovers, and didn't connect on a field-goal attempt in the final 5:45 of the game, allowing TCU to pull within striking distance.
“Our offense became contagious,” TCU coach Jeff Mittie joked after the game. “I apologize for that.”
The Horned Frogs shot 24.1 percent from the field Saturday, missing 21 of their 25 first-half attempts. Much of that was due to OU senior Aaryn Ellenberg, who held TCU leading scorer Zahna Medley to five points on 2-of-12 shooting. Medley entered Saturday averaging 15.8 points per game.
“(Ellenberg) just had that look in her eye from the get go,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “She limited her touches, which I think frustrated them offensively, and they got really deep into the shot clock several times and forced some things.”
Oklahoma took better care of the ball after halftime, committing just four turnovers after the break.
“I think we just controlled the game better,” Hook said. “We pushed it when we needed to push it and then we took our time when we needed to. I didn't feel like anything was forced or out of our control.”
Ellenberg led the Sooners (13-7, 4-3 Big 12) with 19 points. Junior Natalie Ventress led TCU (12-7, 3-4) with 14 points.