OU women's basketball: Gioya Carter getting more comfortable as a college player

The former Carl Albert High School star has started eight of the last nine games for the No. 25-ranked Sooners.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 1, 2014
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NORMAN — Some say numbers never lie.

But in the case of Oklahoma guard Gioya Carter's performance in Sunday's 66-35 win over Samford, they certainly do.

The freshman from Carl Albert had eight points, one assist, and nine turnovers in 33 minutes before fouling out against the Bulldogs.

The ugly stat line doesn't show how Carter continually broke down the defense, had some unlucky missed layups at the rim, or that a handful of her turnovers came from passes that were so good teammates weren't expecting them.

While OU coach Sherri Coale admits nine turnovers won't be acceptable when the Sooners open conference play at Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, she had high praise for Carter's play.

“I love the things that Gioya Carter is doing with the basketball,” Coale said. “I can live with that one assist and nine turnovers. I think her playing 33 minutes was significant. I made her play through (foul trouble). She handled herself pretty well.

“I told her when she came out, I would 10 times rather you end up with nine turnovers than stand around on the perimeter and negate all the gifts that you have.”

After coming off the bench to start the season, Carter's maturation process has been accelerated. She's started eight of the last nine games for the No. 25-ranked Sooners.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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