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OU women's basketball: Newcomer Gabbi Ortiz ready to compete for playing time

The Sooners are losing point guard Morgan Hook, and Ortiz figures to be one of the players who will compete for the starting job next season.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 24, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale cheers her team on from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale cheers her team on from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

“What we desperately need for this class to provide is ‘it,’” Coale said. “I’m searching for a word because ‘it’ is what we’re after. That bravado. That moxie. When I was recruiting Gabbi Ortiz, I wanted to sign her because she had ‘it.’ She’s got that thing.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can play basketball, but we need a rallying force. Maybe one of these returnees figures it out; maybe it arrives in June with that freshman class. But we’re missing ‘it,’ and we’ve gotta find it.”

Ortiz is the nation’s 14th-ranked overall player in the class of 2014, according to ESPN.com’s HoopGurlz rankings.

“Obviously, I want to start, but nothing’s gonna be handed to me,” Ortiz said. “That’s what I have this offseason for. I have a great opportunity to have an impact, but I’m gonna work my tail off.”

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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