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Oklahoma basketball: Sherri Coale's Sooners try to get back on track against Samford

After falling to the Red Foxes, the Sooners had four days off before returning to practice on Thursday, leaving a lot of time over the holiday to think about their latest defeat and difficult start to the season.
by Trent Shadid Modified: December 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale schools her freshman guard T'ona Edwards as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Wichita State Shockers in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale schools her freshman guard T'ona Edwards as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Wichita State Shockers in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Sooners are expected to be without Ellenberg on Sunday. The senior guard, who is the team's leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, suffered a concussion in practice this week.

Freshman T'ona Edwards, who was named The Oklahoman's 2013 Little All-City Player of the Year as a Northeast senior, will get her first start in Ellenberg's place.

It hasn't been all negative lately for OU, though. None of the team's losses have come by more than nine points, and with the exception of a road loss to now 5-6 UCLA, all have come against quality competition.

Marist opened the season in the top 25 and is the favorite to win the MAAC. Louisville and Duke, both of which beat the Sooners in Norman, are both ranked in the top 10.

“We're all really good players and I know we can win those type of games,” said freshman guard Gioya Carter. “We've had a couple defensive mistakes in those games that would give them momentum and take it away from us. If we guard those simple plays well, those games would've turned out differently. I know we're capable of doing that, so there's some positive things.”

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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