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Oklahoma women's basketball: Nicole Griffin's offseason work pays off, leads Sooners to exhibition victory

Griffin scores 23 points and adds three rebounds, an assist and a block as OU hammers Oklahoma Christian.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 1, 2012
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/articleid/3724679/1/pictures/1873255">Photo - OU's Nicole Griffin (4) tries to get the ball past Oklahoma Christian's Kaitlyn Morris (20) during a women's college basketball exhibition game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Nicole Griffin (4) tries to get the ball past Oklahoma Christian's Kaitlyn Morris (20) during a women's college basketball exhibition game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“They were going 90 miles an hour,” Hook said. “I could tell in their brains that they just wanted to get down the court as fast as they could, so we had to calm them down a bit.”

Freshman Maddie Manning tried to alley-oop the ball to Hook.

“We don't practice it in practice,” Hook said cautiously. “That's something we always wanted to do so we ... just ... tried it.”

Coale's eyes widened, and she slowly shook her head and half-smiled as Hook spoke.

The Sooners ended the game with 22 turnovers, but Coale said it was a by-product of the freshmen transitioning.

“That's them playing too fast,” Coale said. “I'm not worried. We'll live with those for now.”

Coale's team came in with some goals: walk away from the scrimmage with film to learn from and have fun.

Coale said the Sooners did both, and they executed the way she hoped on offense.

“We want to score in the first six seconds and if we can't, we want to out-execute people,” Coale said. “It's not, ‘Do you have a big (player) that's really mobile?' It's ‘Do you have a big that's willing to work hard enough to get in there in four seconds?'”

Coale found her big player willing to put the four seconds to the test in Nicole Griffin.


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