Oklahoma basketball: Sooner women close out regular season with win

Aaryn Ellenberg scores 18 points to lead OU past Texas Tech
by Jason Kersey Published: March 3, 2014

— Oklahoma desperately needed momentum to carry into the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament later this week.

The Sooners grabbed hold of some with Monday’s 87-32 Senior Day rout of Texas Tech in both teams’ regular-season finale.

“It’s definitely important to ride on some kind of momentum going into the tournament, but really it’s a whole new ballgame now,” said senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who led all scorers Monday with 18 points. “We just have to win three games and we’re right there.”

Oklahoma (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) will open Big 12 Tournament play Saturday at 8:30 p.m. against Texas.

Monday against Texas Tech, the Sooners trailed 6-3 after more than six minutes, during which the two teams combined to hit only 2 of 17 field-goal attempts.

Sophomore guard Nicole Kornet and Ellenberg hit back-to-back 3-pointers, though, beginning a 15-2 run from which the Red Raiders (6-23, 0-18 Big 12) could never recover.

“I think what you saw there was just a reflection of kids understanding what position we’re in,” OU coach Sherri Coale said of the rough start. “We came off of a really bad loss … I knew if we ever hit a couple, we’d go on and we’d forget how much was riding on tonight’s game, and we’d enjoy the opportunity to play with these four special seniors.”

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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