NORMAN — Oklahoma carries its first winning streak in nearly a month into Monday night's nationally televised contest at No. 6 Baylor.
The Sooners won tight home games over Texas and Kansas, and did it without senior guard and leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg, who was recovering from a concussion.
Ellenberg is still questionable for Monday's game.
In her absence, though, Saturday against Kansas, senior center Nicole Griffin was one of the veterans who stepped up her game. She scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in her fourth double-double effort of the season.
Griffin spoke with The Oklahoman on Sunday afternoon about her team's momentum, her big game against Kansas and OU's success without Ellenberg.
Q: What was the Kansas game like for you?
A: It was great. While I was playing, I didn't really realize that was happening. Down the stretch, they were telling me, “Keep rebounding.” So I thought, “Well, I guess I am getting a few more rebounds than usual.” It's fun. I guess that just comes with playing hard and really wanting to win.
Did you feel like you were in another zone in that game?
Yeah, I would say so. Especially in the second half, I feel like I stepped it up. Just playing harder and being aware. If I wasn't making shots, I was getting rebounds, so why not keep crashing and running to the basket?
How much can the momentum from these two games carry over into the Baylor game?
I think it can carry over a lot. We're finally making the plays down the stretch that we need to win. We've been in a lot of close games and couldn't finish them out, so we're finally starting to figure out how to make those plays and do what we need to do to win the game.
Is it encouraging that you've gotten these two big wins without Aaryn Ellenberg?
That says a lot about our team. She's such a big part of our scoring and defending. She's a senior, and I just think everybody knew they had to step up in some kind of way. Nobody had to do anything extraordinary; everybody just had to do what they do and a little bit more, and I think that just shows how determined our team is.