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Oklahoma basketball: Morgan Hook's role has evolved since Whitney Hand's injury

Morgan Hook has gone through ups and downs since Hand's injury, but she enters Saturday's NCAA Tournament opener against Central Michigan in Columbus, Ohio, better for it.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 22, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) passes around Baylor's Niya Johnson (2) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Baylor beat OU, 86-64. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) passes around Baylor's Niya Johnson (2) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Baylor beat OU, 86-64. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“I feel a lot more comfortable with it now but there's still times when I look at her when I don't know what to said,” Hook said. “She'll just give me a little head nod and just tells me to go with whatever's on my mind.

“She's been really good for me just to learn from.”

Hand is still there every day in practice, to lend an ear or help motivate how she can, but having Hook's leadership on the floor is irreplaceable.

“There is only so much anyone who is not inside the 94 feet of those lines can do,” Coale said. “Morgan had to pick that up. It's been a stretch for her. For the most part, you watch her play and you appreciate what our team has done and you don't really think about that but that growth has been significant.”

Hook's numbers are comparable to last season — her scoring is down by half a point per game but her assist total is up by nearly two per game. The advantage of what she's had to go through this year figures to show up more next season, when Hook would've had to take a bigger leadership role with Hand's graduation anyway.

“I talked to Aaryn and Nicole about that,” Hook said. “This gives us a perspective of what next year's going to be like and how we all have to have that role a little bit. It can't be just one of us, it can't be just two of us, it has to be all of us.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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