NORMAN — Portia Durrett found her comfort level.
The 6-foot-1 junior-college transfer had struggled to slow the game down to start the season.
But she rediscovered her rhythm off the bench Saturday.
Once that happened, Durrett delivered in a big way with her first Division I double-double to guide No. 18 Oklahoma to a 79-57 victory over Cal State Northridge in the Lloyd Noble Center to finish out nonconference play.
Durrett scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Sooners, providing a spark with senior Joanna McFarland in foul trouble.
“I definitely got comfortable in the second half,” Durrett said. “Once I saw my teammates going in the first half, it was like I got to keep it going.”
Along with Durrett's outburst, OU's Aaryn Ellenberg remained hot with a game-high 24 points. Nicole Griffin and Sharane Campbell added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The second half saw the Sooners (10-2) build a 32-point lead, making Cal State Northridge (6-5) look nothing like the team that recently beat UCLA, a team that beat OU in November.
“They are a better basketball team than they appeared to be today,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “Obviously, they live and die by that 3 ball a lot, but we rushed their 3s and took their first options away, and that created some of that.”
The Matadors, who were led by Janae Sharp and Jianni Jackson’s 12 points apiece, shot just 28 percent from the field and just below 17 percent from behind the arc.
But the Sooners also dominated the paint, outrebounding the Matadors 55-42, with McFarland and Durrett combining for 20.
“It helps so much,” Ellenberg said about McFarland and Durrett's contribution. “I think when Jo rebounds it gives us extra energy. When Portia comes in and is that aggressive, it takes the load off of other people. We can look to her because she's a good scorer, too.”
And with OU's depth being challenged — though recent additions to the roster Eden Williams and Tara Dunn played nearly four minutes — Durrett will be leaned on even more in Big 12 play, which begins Wednesday against West Virginia.
“If I continue to play like this, it will help a lot,” Durrett said. “My teammates, it's only eight … well 10 of us, but everybody is going to have to go in and play, so they expect a lot from me.”