Oklahoma basketball: Focused Sooners stop TCU

by Jason Kersey Published: January 25, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma Sooner's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives around TCU Horned Frog's Veja Hamilton (3) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) 63-52 in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) drives around TCU Horned Frog's Veja Hamilton (3) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) 63-52 in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— 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.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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