Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners grinding out wins, face Texas Tech next

The Oklahoma women's basketball team has started the Big 12 season 3-0. On Saturday, the Sooners face Texas Tech
by Jason Kersey Published: January 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) looks to pass around Cal State Northridge's Ashlee Guay (5) in the first 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. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Morgan Hook (10) looks to pass around Cal State Northridge's Ashlee Guay (5) in the first 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. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Coale added a couple borrowed volleyball players to help out, but things still seemed grim before Oklahoma began Big 12 play Jan. 2 against West Virginia.

The 3-0 conference start hasn't been easy; OU trailed at halftime in two of the three wins. But at TCU this week, two veteran leaders' double-doubles helped the Sooners pull out an important victory.

Senior forward Joanna McFarland scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and junior guard Morgan Hook — OU's only still-healthy captain — scored 11 points to go with her 12 assists.

Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 26 points in the TCU win.

“Our second-half effort (was the difference),” Hook said after the game. “The first half was not Oklahoma basketball.

“It came down to four minutes left, we looked at each other and said, ‘We are not losing this game.' Three-and-0 is a great spot to be in in the Big 12.”

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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NO. 16 OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS TECH

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 676/HD 679, U-verse 753/HD 1753), FCS Pacific (Cox 273/U-verse 649)

Radio: KREF-AM 1400

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