Oklahoma women's basketball: Sharane Campbell and Sooners are ready for Texas

Basketball's version of the Red River Rivalry has grown on Campbell, who was born and raised in Spencer.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 4, 2013
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photo - OU's Sharane Campbell (24) tries to steal the ball from Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Sharane Campbell (24) tries to steal the ball from Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) in the first half during a women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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?

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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