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

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.”

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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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