OU women's basketball: No. 25-ranked Sooners hammer Samford

Aaryn Ellenberg sits out with concussion, but fill-in Derica Wyatt makes first career start and finishes with 11 points.
by Trent Shadid Published: December 29, 2013
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NORMAN — No Aaryn Ellenberg, no problem.

Despite being without its leading scorer on Sunday, the No. 25 Oklahoma women's basketball team turned in one of its most efficient offensive performances of the season.

Six Sooners scored at least seven points, led by 12 from seniors Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook, as OU cruised to a 66-35 victory over Samford at Lloyd Noble Center.

“I think we made baby steps,” said OU coach Sherri Coale, whose team shot 50 percent from the field. “We moved towards the things that we've focused on over the break. We did a really, really nice job of reversing the basketball and sharing it. That's reflected in our shooting percentage. The quality of our passing always affects the quality of our shooting and that was obvious tonight.”

Filling in for Ellenberg, who is averaging 18.3 points per game this season, was freshman guard Derica Wyatt. Making her first career start, Wyatt scored 11 points and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

“Going in there, I just had to keep the mindset of not having a drop off between me and Aaryn,” Wyatt said. “I had to play hard and do my part on the floor, making good passes and not turning it over. Just don't let there be a drop off with Aaryn on the bench.”

Ellenberg missed the game after suffering a concussion during practice.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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