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Oklahoma women's basketball: OU will need extra spark to win at Baylor

Sooners coach Sherri Coale said: “I see bounce coming back in their steps. They're a lot fresher than they were five or six days ago.”
by Jason Kersey Published: January 25, 2013
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Oklahoma women's basketball practices ended earlier than usual this week.

Coach Sherri Coale's workouts were simpler, less opponent-oriented and more aimed at shoring up areas where her team needs improvement.

“I see bounce coming back in their steps,” Coale said. “They're a lot fresher than they were five or six days ago.”

The Sooners, who haven't played since a Jan. 19 home win over Texas, are going to need that extra spark Saturday morning, when they'll meet defending national champion Baylor in the Ferrell Center for an 11 a.m. tipoff.

The No. 1-ranked Bears (17-1 overall, 7-0 Big 12) carry a four-game series win streak — and a 29-game Big 12 win streak — into Saturday's clash with Oklahoma (15-3, 5-1).

“I think it's really important, especially for recovery,” junior OU guard Aaryn Ellenberg said of the week off. “Going hard so many nights, in and out, it wears you down a little bit.”

Baylor has won its seven Big 12 games this season by an average margin of 25.3 points; the Bears' only loss came at a neutral site to No. 6 Stanford, and Baylor junior guard Odyssey Sims was injured early in the game and didn't return.

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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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