NORMAN — On a night when only about one-third of Oklahoma's field-goal attempts — and zero of its 3-point attempts — fell through the net, it seems odd that the Sooners' 64-61 win over Kansas was sealed on a tough, low-percentage shot.
OU was clinging to a 2-point lead and the shot clock nearly expired before senior point guard Morgan Hook drifted to her left, bumped into a Kansas defender and tossed up a desperation jumper that fell through the net.
“I was just trying to get to the rim again, and she cut me off,” Hook said. “I knew we needed one more basket to seal the deal there. I just stuck my feet and focused.”
With the win, Oklahoma (17-11, 8-7 Big 12) secured its first two-game winning streak in nearly a month, and did it with leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg sidelined for both games while recovering from a concussion.
OU coach Sherri Coale said Ellenberg will be re-evaluated Sunday before determining her status for Monday's game at No. 5 Baylor.
Oklahoma's 3-point shooting clearly suffered without Ellenberg on Saturday. The Sooners went 0-for-11 from beyond the arc, the first time OU was held without a successful 3-point attempt since a home win over Kansas State on Jan. 12, 2011.
Hook, sophomore guard Sharane Campbell and senior center Nicole Griffin, though, helped lift Oklahoma to a victory despite the team's poor shooting.
Campbell scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds; Griffin scored 13 and added a career-high 14 boards; and Hook scored 15.
As a team, the Sooners grabbed 24 offensive rebounds, resulting in 23 second-chance points.
“It's the only way you survive zero percent from 3 and 34 percent from the field,” Coale said. “Those were seriously, gutsy, effort rebounds. None of them came right to us. Sometimes rebounds are happenstance … these, we had to go get.”
Senior guard Markisha Hawkins led the Jayhawks (12-15, 5-10 Big 12) with 22 points.