Oklahoma guard Aaryn Ellenberg and Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale earned gold medals Monday as they led Team USA to a 90-71 victory against Russia in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Ellenberg, who averaged 9.2 points per game in the tournament, scored just two points during her 10 minutes on the court.
“It’s definitely an honor to be here in the first place,” said Ellenberg, who scored late in the third quarter. “It’s been great to represent the USA and actually win gold.”
The U.S. never trailed, opening with an 11-2 lead and 22-13 first quarter advantage.
“I’m so proud of them,” Coale said. “This is such a difficult thing. You can say, ‘Look how good these players are,’ and they are, they are very, very talented, but fitting all that together in a short amount of times against these teams that have years of experience together is a real challenge. I think our success speaks to the selflessness of these guys on this team who were willing to play roles, whatever those roles might be, different roles on different nights.”
Ellenberg also shared the team lead with nine 3-pointers made. She is the third Sooner to win a World University Games gold medal, joining Danielle Robinson and Caton Hill.
This marks the first time as head coach for Coale, who was an assistant coach in 2001 when USA won the bronze medal.
“(Coach Coale has) been through the journey with me since I was a freshman,” Ellenberg said, “so to experience this with her has just been awesome.”
Connecticut’s Bria Hartley scored 17 points to lead four Americans in double figures. Natalia Vieru scored 13 points to lead Russia.
The Americans, who shot 45 percent and held Russia to 21 percent, extended their lead to as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter. This marks the third straight title for USA and ninth overall.
REDHAWKS SWEEP PCL HONORS
The Oklahoma City RedHawks swept the Pacific Coast League's weekly honors Monday, when George Springer was named Player of the Week and Asher Wojciechowski was selected Pitcher of the Week.
Springer batted .450 over six games with seven RBIs. He had nine hits during the stretch, including a double, triple and three home runs. Springer also walked five times and stole a base.
Wojciechowski dominated in two starts, including a one-hit, complete game shutout of Round Rock. He faced the minimum 27 batters in the game, striking out five and walking one.
CARAVAN TICKETS AVAILABLE
A limited number of tickets remain for the OU caravan in Oklahoma City.
Athletic director Joe Castiglione, football coach Bob Stoops, men's basketball coach Lon Kruger and women's basketball coach Sherri Coale are scheduled to appear at the event along with selected student athletes.
The caravan is scheduled 7 p.m. July 31 at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under. For more information, call (405) 325-8000.