Oklahoma senior point guard Morgan Hook has drastically improved her game after a rough start to the Sooners' Big 12 schedule.
Hook averaged 10 points and 3.2 rebounds, and shot just 28 percent from beyond the 3-point line over Oklahoma's first five conference games.
In the last five games, though, Hook is averaging 13.2 points and is hitting 50 percent of her 3-point attempts.
The Sooners earned a huge victory over Oklahoma State last Saturday, but lost at home to Baylor two days later. In that game, starting guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell each fouled out early in the second half.
OU returns to action Sunday afternoon at Kansas.
Q: How do you think the team has responded to the Baylor loss?
A: I think everyone's just kinda playing with a chip on their shoulder. We went and watched the film, and we still should've won the game, even when Aaryn and Sharane went out. We got to within eight or six, and then we'd make a stupid mistake on defense that was something we don't usually make. I think we just all were frustrated, because no matter how bad we played in the first half, no matter who was on the court, we still had a chance to beat them.
I know you don't want to claim moral victories, but was it encouraging to see the team play well without those two?
Yeah, I mean, I think people stepped up that may not have gotten the chance before. Baylor's one of the most athletic teams that we'll play, and they got a chance to experience that and play with pressure on their shoulders. Every single person that came in during the second half made a difference.
Your shooting percentages have improved drastically the last few weeks. What changed for you?
I think I just stopped putting pressure on myself. Just kind of realized this is my senior year. This is my last go-round, so I just want to play free and not worry about things. It's just a mindset you have to come out with.
How important is this game at Kansas for you guys?
We're trying to get a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and every single game from here on out is pretty much like a Super Bowl for us. We have to go in with that mindset, going out like every game is the biggest game of the year.