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Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners take time to visit Pearl Harbor on Hawaii trip

The Sooners are in Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, but Sherri Coale wants her players to mature in other ways besides basketball during their college years.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 22, 2012

“I think one of our goals was always to put our team in as many uncomfortable situations as possible; that might sound like an oxymoron since we're in Hawaii,” Coale said with a laugh.

“But we challenge them. ... Adjusting to the time zones, different times of day, all kinds of things that push them a little bit out of their comfort zone is where you learn and really grow.”

The No. 13 Sooners are 2-1 through their early games, with the loss coming at home last week to UCLA.

Hand said the team “has a higher ceiling than probably any team I've played with,” which are strong words considering the Sooners' two Final Four appearances since she arrived in Norman.

After Friday's game, the Sooners play Saturday against Oregon before wrapping up their three-game trip Sunday against tournament host Hawaii.

“Rarely in the season do you play three games in a row until it matters,” Hand said. “Getting this experience of playing back-to-back-to-back, you don't usually get that until March. And in March, when you lose you're done.”

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. 13 OKLAHOMA VS. ARKANSAS

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu

TV: None

Radio: KEBC-AM 1560, KREF-AM 1400

Live webcast: SoonerSports.tv

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