Oklahoma women's basketball: Nicole Griffin talks about stepping up in Sooners' win over Kansas

In Saturday's win over Kansas, Oklahoma's Nicole Griffin scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in her fourth double-double effort of the season.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 23, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma Sooner's Nicole Griffin (4) tries to split Kansas Jayhawk's Natalie Knight (42) and Chelsea Gardner (15) in the lane as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Kansas Jayhawks in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner's Nicole Griffin (4) tries to split Kansas Jayhawk's Natalie Knight (42) and Chelsea Gardner (15) in the lane as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Kansas Jayhawks in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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.


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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