OU women's basketball: Sooners' Kaylon Williams shakes off injuries — others' and her own

by Jason Kersey Published: November 9, 2013
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Oklahoma expected big things from Kaylon Williams last year before her preseason Achilles' injury.

After a redshirt season, the sophomore forward from Midwest City has already demonstrated why coaches were — and continue to be — so high on her. Williams scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench in the Sooners' season-opening win Friday night over Stetson.

“At first I was a little nervous about being really physical, but I remembered that is my favorite part of the game,” Williams said after the game. “I love rebounding and that was a big asset for us. I just needed to not be scared and just go out there and play and act like it is normal and nothing is wrong.”

The Sooners return to action Sunday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center against Wichita State in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. The winner advances to Thursday's semifinals.

Williams' Achilles' tear last season was one of several devastating injuries for coach Sherri Coale's squad, which at one point in December included only eight healthy players.

Oklahoma seemed like it could be headed toward a similarly rough season after an intrasquad scrimmage last month, when senior guard Morgan Hook dislocated a thumb and redshirt freshman guard Maddie Manning suffered an ACL tear for a second consecutive 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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NO. 11 OKLAHOMA VS. WICHITA STATE

When: 2:05 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 679, U-verse 754/HD 1754)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

Three things to know

1. Oklahoma opened its 2013 regular-season campaign Friday with a 78-60 win over Stetson in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Wichita State beat IPFW 69-46 in its first-round WNIT game.

2. Wichita State finished last season with a 24-10 record and won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

3. The winner of Sunday's game advances to the Preseason WNIT semifinals, which will be played Thursday.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Wichita State (1-0)

Pos.; Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.; Reb.

G; Alex Harden; 5-11; Jr.; 15.0; 5.0*

G; Jamillah Bonner; 5-8; Jr.; 10.0; 7.0

F; Michaela Dapprich; 5-10; So.; 13.0; 4.0

F; Michelle Price; 6-1; Sr.; 14.0; 5.0

C; Kelsey Jacobs; 6-2; Jr.; 3.0; 5.0

Oklahoma (1-0)

G; Morgan Hook; 5-10; Sr.; 8.0; 11.0*

G; Aaryn Ellenberg; 5-7; Sr.; 24.0; 5.0

G; Sharane Campbell; 5-10; Jr.; 10.0; 6.0

G; Nicole Kornet; 6-1; So.; 6.0; 7.0

C; Nicole Griffin; 6-6; Jr.; 4.0; 6.0

* — assists

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