Oklahoma women's basketball: Portia Durrett records double-double in OU's win over Cal State Northridge

Portia Durrett delivered in a big way with her first Division I double-double to guide No. 18 Oklahoma to a 79-57 victory over Cal State Northridge in the Lloyd Noble Center to finish out nonconference play.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 29, 2012
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photo - Cal State Northridge's Jianni Jackson (21) and Oklahoma's Portia Durrett (31) battle for the ball in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Cal State Northridge's Jianni Jackson (21) and Oklahoma's Portia Durrett (31) battle for the ball in the second half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Cal State Northridge at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. OU won, 79-57. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Matadors, who were led by Janae Sharp and Jianni Jackson’s 12 points apiece, shot just 28 percent from the field and just below 17 percent from behind the arc.

But the Sooners also dominated the paint, outrebounding the Matadors 55-42, with McFarland and Durrett combining for 20.

“It helps so much,” Ellenberg said about McFarland and Durrett's contribution. “I think when Jo rebounds it gives us extra energy. When Portia comes in and is that aggressive, it takes the load off of other people. We can look to her because she's a good scorer, too.”

And with OU's depth being challenged — though recent additions to the roster Eden Williams and Tara Dunn played nearly four minutes — Durrett will be leaned on even more in Big 12 play, which begins Wednesday against West Virginia.

“If I continue to play like this, it will help a lot,” Durrett said. “My teammates, it's only eight … well 10 of us, but everybody is going to have to go in and play, so they expect a lot from me.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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