Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners season primer

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 9, 2012
Advertisement
;

Three storylines for OU's season

1. The first six seconds are crucial. The Sooners want to play fast and score quick. If they can't do that, coach Sherri Coale said she wants them to at least out-execute the opponent. Coale is looking to Nicole Griffin, the tallest one on the team, as a player who works hard at playing fast.

2. Newcomers will contribute. The starting five is a group of juniors and seniors, but the two freshmen, Maddie Manning and Nicole Kornet, along with junior-college transfer Portia Durrett, will contribute in the second group. The Sooners only have 10 healthy players, with the release of two players last spring and two players out with injury: Sophomore Kaylon Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon in the preseason, and Lyndsey Cloman decided to end her career early due to recurring back issues.

3. Beat Baylor. Go further in the postseason. Whitney Hand and Aaryn Ellenberg aren't just saying it for the media to print it. They believe it. They will beat the Bears, be the best in the Big 12 and make it to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th consecutive time.

OU ROSTER

Starters

C — Nicole Griffin (6-6, Jr.): Voted most improved by team. Quicker option to push the pace.

F — Joanna McFarland (6-3, Sr.): Threat from beyond the arc and on the boards.

G — Aaryn Ellenberg (5-7, Jr.): Quiet off the court, fierce competitor on it.

G — Morgan Hook (5-10, Jr.): Controls the pace of the game with the ball in her hands.

G — Whitney Hand (6-1, Sr.): Outspoken leader of the team for fourth consecutive year.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    10 Most Popular Wedding 'First Dance' Songs
  2. 2
    Psychologists Studied the Most Uptight States in America, and Found a Striking Pattern
  3. 3
    Facebook Post Saves Drowning Teen
  4. 4
    Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions
  5. 5
    The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about "bicycle face"
+ show more