Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners hold off Marist

The Sooners struggled to put away the Red Foxes, but a late hustle play from Whitney Hand sparked a 14-2 run to help OU put Marist away for good.
BY TRENT SHADID Staff Writer tshadid@opubco.com Published: December 2, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma's Whitney Hand (25) celebrates in front of Marist's Casey Dulin (14) during the women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Marist at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.,  Sunday,Dec. 2, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Whitney Hand (25) celebrates in front of Marist's Casey Dulin (14) during the women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Marist at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday,Dec. 2, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 18 points, with 11 of those coming in the second half.

Marist was led by a strong performance from junior forward Emma O'Connor, who had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Oklahoma's (7-1) next game is a home contest against North Texas at 7 p.m. Thursday.

HAND'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Hand posted a double-double on Sunday with 12 points and 13 rebounds. It was the sixth of her career and first this season. “I just take what I can get. I'm playing in a position now where I'm getting a lot of rebounds, but the guards coming in and getting rebounds is definitely a big deal,” Hand said.

MARIST COACH A BIG SOONER FOOTBALL FAN

Marist head coach Brian Giorgis has been outspoken about his love for Oklahoma football. On Sunday, he met former Sooner legend Jimbo Elrod.

“Most people know that I've been an OU football fan since 1966, and Jimbo Elrod was my all-time favorite player,” Giorgis said. “He played back when I was in college and I used to get The Daily Oklahoman delivered to Cortland, New York.”

Giorgis even had an opinion on where he hoped to see the Sooners in a bowl game: “Let's hope for a Sugar Bowl.”


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