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.
Early in the second half of the Sooners' Wednesday win over TCU, Ellenberg, who averages 19.1 points per game, went up for a rebound and came down wrong on her right ankle.
The junior guard was carried off the court, but eventually walked back to the Sooners' bench on her own.
After Ellenberg left the game, the Sooners caught fire, going on a 17-1 run that essentially ended TCU's upset bid.
“Lately with all these injuries, it's just been tough,” said freshman guard Nicole Kornet. “We all knew she'd be OK. It was just an ankle issue, but we just wanted to see what we could do with us who were left. We just had fun.”
Coale said the injury, in some ways, was a blessing in disguise because it allowed bench players Kornet, Portia Durrett and Jasmine Hartman playing time they might not have otherwise received.
“It allowed (Hartman) and (junior guard) Morgan (Hook) to play alongside one another,” Coale said. “Typically when one's in, the other's out. That's something that's probably gonna pay some dividends for us down the road.”