Oklahoma basketball: Sooners to face West Virginia in Morgantown for first time

Oklahoma (16-4 overall, 6-2 Big 12) has never played in Morgantown before, but got a feel for what the first-year Big 12 program is capable of Jan. 2, when West Virginia nearly won inside Lloyd Noble Center.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 2, 2013
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photo - OU: Oklahoma's Sharane Campbell (24) and Aaryn Ellenberg (3) defend TCU's Zahna Medley (14) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and TCU at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Oklahoma won 74-53. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU: Oklahoma's Sharane Campbell (24) and Aaryn Ellenberg (3) defend TCU's Zahna Medley (14) during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and TCU at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Oklahoma won 74-53. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Aaryn Ellenberg downplayed her sprained right ankle.

“Just a random thing that happens,” said Oklahoma's leading scorer. “People roll their ankles.”

Coach Sherri Coale said she guesses it'd “take wild horses” for Ellenberg to miss any games.

All good news for the injury-plagued Sooners as they enter Sunday's game at West Virginia, which tips off at noon.

Oklahoma (16-4 overall, 6-2 Big 12) has never played in Morgantown before, but got a feel for what the first-year Big 12 program is capable of Jan. 2, when West Virginia nearly won inside Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma trailed at halftime and didn't take its first lead until an Ellenberg free throw with five minutes left in the second half; the Sooners eventually won 71-68.

“It's always fun to go somewhere new you haven't been,” Ellenberg said. “They're a good team; they played well when they were here; and now they've got a little bit of an advantage because they're at home.”

West Virginia (12-8, 4-5 Big 12) also brings serious momentum into Sunday's contest. Tuesday, the Mountaineers upset No. 19 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

More reason for the Sooners to be relieved Ellenberg's injury wasn't more serious.

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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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No. 21 Oklahoma at West Virginia

When: Noon Sunday

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 676/HD 679, U-verse 753/HD 1753)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

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