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)

NORMAN — During a visit to Norman, Gabbi Ortiz and her father sat down to chat with Oklahoma point guard Morgan Hook, who bluntly laid out what it takes to play the position for coach Sherri Coale.

“She talked about how much Coach Coale is gonna rely on you, constant meetings with her and stuff,” Ortiz said. “It didn’t scare me at all. I was excited. I’m really excited to see what she’s gonna do with me and how I can grow as a player.

“That point guard position is up in the air, so they’re hoping I can come in and have an impact.”

Ortiz, a five-star prospect from Racine, Wis., signed with the Sooners last fall and could be asked to step right into Hook’s shoes next season.

An up-and-down 2013-14 campaign ended Saturday, when a valiant Oklahoma comeback fell short in a 104-100 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to DePaul.

Other possible replacements for Hook include current Sooners Maddie Manning, who has torn ACLs early in each of her first two seasons on campus, and T’ona Edwards, the former Northeast standout who played some off the bench as a true freshman this year.


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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