OU women's notebook: Coach Sherri Coale impresses by Sooners' true freshmen

by Jason Kersey Published: November 5, 2013
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Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said she's already been very impressed by her five true freshmen: Guards Gioya Carter, T'ona Edwards and Derica Wyatt; and forwards Felicia Gibbs and Shaya Kellogg.

“I think there are several of them that can play significantly,” Coale said. “As a whole, they might be the most prepared class that we've had in terms of physical maturation, understanding of the game, the different skill sets they bring to the table, the needs that we have returning. They've been learners and that's the great question mark.”

REPLACING MCFARLAND

One of the key challenges for Oklahoma this season will be replacing the production of forward Joanna McFarland, who led the Sooners with 10.5 rebounds per game last year as a senior.

“I think we're starting to figure it out,” said senior center Nicole Griffin. “Obviously, one person is not gonna be Jo, so everybody together is gonna kind of form what Jo was.

“I'm working on getting more rebounds and kinda helping replace what Jo did. I can get more rebounds.”

Griffin, who is 6-foot-6, averaged just under five boards a game in 2012-13.

She added that Kellogg, a 6-2 forward from Ames, Iowa, reminds her of McFarland.

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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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