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Oklahoma basketball: Nicole Griffin, Sooners scoring more in the paint

by Jason Kersey Modified: December 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm •  Published: December 3, 2013

— The Oklahoma women's basketball team hasn't been great from behind the 3-point line this season, and particularly the last two games, in which the Sooners are a combined 8-of-30.

But in those contests, senior center Nicole Griffin has scored 17 and 19 points, the best two-game scoring total of her career.

“It's where everything should grow from,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “Maybe being abysmal from behind the arc is exactly what this team needed so that we could understand the proper order in which things grow.”

The 5-2 Sooners return to action Wednesday evening, when they host Western Illinois inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

Griffin, a Milwaukee native who has started 84 career games, has struggled with consistency throughout her career. Coale said many of her struggles come from thinking too much while she's on the court.

“I think she's been more decisive,” Coale said of Griffin's last two games. “I think she's caught the ball with an intention. Early on, she spends a lot of time analyzing, ‘When should I post?' ‘Where should I post?'

“The last two games, she has just been very intentional.”

The effort to get points in the paint is paying off. In Sunday's win, the Sooners outscored Creighton 44-8 inside, and even in OU's loss at UCLA more than a week ago, it still won the scoring battle inside.

“We have been putting a lot of emphasis on getting the ball to the post and getting the ball into the paint,” Griffin said. “I'm just looking in man-to-man to get the ball more and being more likely to score and getting good position.”

After Wednesday's game, the Sooners host No. 2 Duke on Sunday.

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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