NORMAN — The No. 21-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team returns home Wednesday, when it hosts TCU at 7 p.m. inside Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners (15-4 overall, 5-2 Big 12) are coming off an 82-65 loss at No. 1 Baylor, during which junior center Nicole Griffin managed just three rebounds and six points on 2-of-12 shooting.
For the season, though, Griffin is averaging 10.7 points per game — nearly doubling her sophomore-year scoring average.
Wednesday's game begins an important stretch for Oklahoma. After facing TCU (7-11, 0-7 Big 12), the Sooners travel to West Virginia and Kansas State before returning home to meet Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
Griffin spoke with The Oklahoman about what OU took from its loss to Baylor, the challenges TCU presents and her personal performance this season.
Q: What did your team learn from the Baylor loss?
A: “We know what worked and what didn't work. They got a lot of points in transition, so we know what we need to focus on and try to take away next time, and what we need to continue working on for the next time we play them.”
How important is this next stretch of games for this team?
“We're really focusing one game at a time, but this whole next stretch is very important. We're trying to just get one win, another win, and not look too far ahead and get overwhelmed.”
TCU gave you guys a pretty good fight the last time you played. What challenges do they present?
“They have really good shooters. They push the ball in transition, so that's what we're trying to focus on taking away. Just being aware, knowing who the shooters are and stopping the ball early in transition.”
How do you feel like you've played this year, and what do you still need to improve on?
“I've gotten a lot better this year. A lot better. I need to improve on being patient when I catch the ball in the post. Not going too quick ... letting everybody clear out before I try to make a move. I need to score a lot more this game. I've been kinda low. I need to start getting more points in the paint.”
How are you training yourself to be more patient?
“I just have to think about it. Every time I catch the ball, ‘Be patient and wait, and then go,' so I don't go too quick and run into double teams. It just makes everything a lot easier when you slow it down.”
NO. 21 OKLAHOMA VS. TCU
*When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
*Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman
*TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 676/HD 679, U-verse 753/HD 1753)
*Radio: KREF-AM 1400
Three things to know
*In 14 of OU's 15 wins this season, it held its opponent below 40 percent shooting. The lone exception was the Sooners' 85-79 win Jan. 9 at TCU.
*Oklahoma leads the all-time series with TCU 13-3, and is 8-0 against the Horned Frogs in Norman.
*The Sooners are coming off an 82-65 loss Saturday at No. 1 Baylor. TCU lost 53-42 Sunday at Texas Tech and remains winless in conference play.