NORMAN — Sharane Campbell stays mindful of the specific areas in her game needing improvement.
“If there’s an element of her game that’s not where it should be ... she’s gonna work at it until it becomes a strength,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.
Campbell’s 15 points and 12 rebounds Sunday in the Sooners’ 80-61 rout of Oklahoma State provided more evidence of her knack for fine tuning her skills.
OU — most notably, junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg — struggled to make shots as the Cowgirls (16-6 overall, 5-6 Big 12) grabbed early momentum.
The Sooners (18-5, 8-3) were 0 for 4 from beyond the arc and trailed 12-7 after seven minutes, when Campbell hit OU’s only successful 3-point attempt of the first half.
The former Star Spencer High School standout also gave Oklahoma its first lead on a jumper with about four minute left in the first half.
Campbell is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range during Big 12 play; she was 2 of 18 on such shots in nonconference games.
“I’ve been focusing on my left hand more than my 3,” Campbell said. “I guess it just comes along with it. I’m just gonna keep working on my left hand.”
But she’s also worked hard to improve her rebounding. Of Campbell’s 12 boards Sunday, four of them came on the offensive end.
One of Whitney Hand’s most valuable skills came from her ability to crash the offensive boards; Coale said Campbell’s improvement there helps make up for Hand’s absence, caused by her career-ending ACL tear in early December.
“That’s something we’ve pointed out ... ‘Boy, we miss Whit getting all those offensive rebounds from the perimeter,’” Coale said. “Who can do that? Well, (Campbell) can do that. She focused on that today.”
Ellenberg, OU’s leading scorer who finished with 17 points Sunday, was successful on just one field-goal attempt by halftime.
“It was really more than not making shots,” Coale said of Ellenberg’s first half.
“She couldn’t catch it. She couldn’t dribble it. She couldn’t pass it. Really just didn’t have her in any element there.”
But Campbell and other Sooners stepped up to account for Ellenberg’s early struggles.
Junior center Nicole Griffin led all scorers with 21 points, and senior forward Joanna McFarland recorded her third straight double-double, and her seventh in OU’s 11 conference games.
“How awesome is that? To have a player on your team where you can go, ‘I know she’s gonna get 15 boards?’” Coale said of McFarland’s 10-point, 15-rebound game Sunday.
“I haven’t felt like that since Courtney Paris was here. That’s a luxury. I’m not taking that for granted.”