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Oklahoma women's basketball: Former Sapulpa star Alyssia Brewer helps UCLA stun No. 11-ranked Oklahoma

Brewer collects 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds as 4,184 fans at Lloyd Noble Center watch Bruins dominate in the paint.
By Stephanie Kuzydym, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: November 14, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma women's head coach Sherri Coale speaks during a news conference at the Big 12 Conference NCAA college basketball media day, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)
Oklahoma women's head coach Sherri Coale speaks during a news conference at the Big 12 Conference NCAA college basketball media day, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

“If that's the way the game's going to be played, then we have to fight back and be just as physical as they're being,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “I didn't think we responded in the right way. You don't beat anybody when you give up 24 offensive rebounds. It's just a number that's unheard of.”

Ellenberg finished with a game-high 24 points. She added two rebounds, three assists and one steal. But the Bruins countered with Brewer and Nyingifa (10 total rebounds) and Markel Walker, who finished with a team-best 16 points.

Oklahoma tries to get back on track at 2 p.m. Sunday against Saint Louis in Lloyd Noble Center.

Until then, Coale and the Sooners will have to stew over UCLA's dominance in the paint, where the Bruins outscored OU 46-24.

“I'm disappointed with our effort and our response to the physical play,” Coale said. “You can't let them knock you down, roll around out of bounds and wonder why it happened. You have to be tougher. Throw them out of the way. Respond.

“It happened in post. It happened on the wings. It happened with the ballhandler and, obviously, it happened rebounding. We have to be tougher.”