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Oklahoma women's basketball: Aaryn Ellenberg says Sooners 'haven't been playing our best basketball'

The preseason Big 12 favorite will try to stop its losing streak Saturday night, when OU hosts Kansas State inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 10, 2014

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's basketball team lost its second consecutive overtime game Wednesday morning at Texas, but it wasn't because of Aaryn Ellenberg.

The senior guard scored a career-high 37 points in Oklahoma's 79-74 loss.

The preseason Big 12 favorite will try to stop its losing streak Saturday night, when OU hosts Kansas State inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

Ellenberg spoke with The Oklahoman about the team's potential and winning close games after Friday's practice.

Q: What does this team have to do better in close games?

A: Really just make plays down the stretch. We've either had a lead and blown it or just been unable to make the plays that really matter when it comes down to the end. Being in the moment and just finishing the game has been the biggest thing for us.

Do you still feel good about what you guys are capable of?

We haven't been playing our best basketball, and we're still taking games down to the wire. When we actually figure it out and learn how to be in every moment and every possession, and play the entire 40 minutes of the game, we'll be fine.

Is this stretch particularly hard on you as a senior?

It's tough to lose games anytime, but knowing that we're starting off that way and it's my last year, it's really tough. But we still have to figure out a way to fix it and that's what we're trying to do.

Are you seeing positive signs of improvement?

Yeah for sure. It doesn't happen overnight. It's a day-by-day thing.

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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