Sharane Campbell was born and raised in Spencer with little disdain for the Texas Longhorns.
She watched little Oklahoma women's basketball, and the Red River Rivalry meant even less to her.
Things have changed.
“Since I've been here it has grown on me,” Campbell said with a laugh. “I just always want to beat them.”
Campbell took a few minutes to talk with The Oklahoman about her double-double, conference play and the team's game against Texas that tips off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Wednesday, you scored a double-double. Your best performance of the season?
“Yes. It was definitely my best performance of the season, just getting down the court and rebounding. I think that's what really got it started — just getting rebounds and getting fouls.”
How do you keep up that level of play throughout the conference schedule?
“I've been playing good defense, and I've been getting good energy from that, so I guess try to keep in mind that if you're good on defense, you'll get everyone else. And also just to keep my energy there and carry it into conference season.”
Having both Maddie Manning and Whitney Hand go down to injury wasn't a good thing for your team. Do you feel like you're starting to become more comfortable now or is it still a little uneasy?
“I guess I'm starting to become a little more comfortable with it. I can't stay uncomfortable. We got to pick ourselves up, and I have to do what I have to do to help the team.”
What changed in your play and the team's play to come back and gain the lead late in the second en route to beating West Virginia?
“It was just a hump we had to get over. We would go on a run and then stop and then go on a run and then stop. It was just that we kept on fighting instead of laying down until we got over them. I think we did play hard the whole game.”
What have you guys talked about that you need to do against Texas? Is it another physical team like West Virginia?
“They're not as physical as West Virginia, but they are physical. We have to keep control of their guards and make sure we stop their posts. We've got to stop them from being hot and if they get hot that's where their confidence comes in. If we can stop them on the offensive end, we'll get they're confidence down a bit.”
Anything you've learned from your first year of conference play that you'll bring to this year?
“It's busy when it comes to conference play. It's game and then three days off and then, ‘OK, get ready for the next game.' You can't really dwell on the game. You've got to get ready for the next opponent.”