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Oklahoma women's basketball: Freshman guard Derica Wyatt reflects on 23-point performance

Oklahoma freshman guard Derica Wyatt finally began to feel comfortable with the college game Wednesday night, when she scored 23 points — including seven 3-pointers — off the bench in the Sooners' 99-46 rout of UT-Arlington.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 23, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Derica Wyatt shoots the ball beside Cameron's Sasha Carter during an NCAA women's college exhibition basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Cameron University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Derica Wyatt shoots the ball beside Cameron's Sasha Carter during an NCAA women's college exhibition basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Cameron University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma freshman guard Derica Wyatt finally began to feel comfortable with the college game Wednesday night, when she scored 23 points — including seven 3-pointers — off the bench in the Sooners' 99-46 rout of UT-Arlington.

Wyatt and the 3-1 Sooners return to action Sunday afternoon at UCLA.

The Nashville, Tenn., native spoke with The Oklahoman about her big game last week, her expectations for this season and the Sooners' strong freshman class.

Q: What was working Wednesday that allowed you to have that type of performance?

A: I think something clicked when I went out there and hit my first one. That's always a relief. Then I hit my second one and thought, ‘Alright, I can do this.' In the summer, there was kind of a rough patch, but I definitely know now that I can get out there and be as good as anyone else out there on the court.

What are your expectations for yourself moving forward this season?

I hope to do that every game, but I mean, I was recruited to come here and score the ball. Hopefully that's what I can keep doing for this team. Hopefully I can be a spark for us coming off the bench when we need it.

Between yourself, Gioya Carter and T'ona Edwards, this freshman class seems to be full of players capable of contributing immediately. What is it about this group that gives you that ability?

I think for us three especially, we weren't top recruits out of high school. A bunch of people were telling us we couldn't play at OU. I think we have that in the back of our heads. In the summer, we had conversations about how we weren't huge recruits. It's motivation to come out and play well.

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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