TULSA — Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale visited with reporters Monday evening before her OU Caravan appearance.
Here’s a few highlights from her interview session:
* Coale again praised last season’s team, which overcame lots of potentially devastating injuries to reach the Sweet 16.
“You know, you’re not supposed to have favorite teams, or favorite players, or favorite children,” Coale said. “I’ve gotta tell you, I loved this team. I loved everything about this team. I loved their heartbeat, I loved their competitive drive. I loved how they believed in one another and played for each other.
“It was an honor to be their coach. I felt that every single game that we played. And now that the season is in the books, it’s one of the most rewarding I’ve been a part of.”
* Coale joked about her team’s healthy backcourt depth.
“Contrary to popular opinion, we are not trying to compete in the 6-foot and under league,” Coale said. “They’re really good players. I think there will be a lot of competition for playing time, I really do.”
The Sooners return starting guards Morgan Hook, Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell, plus young reserves Maddie Manning and Nicole Kornet.
Also, three of the Sooners’ four incoming recruits are guards. Coale added guards Gioya Carter, T’ona Edwards and Derica Wyatt to the fold, along with forward Shaya Kellogg.
Carter, from Carl Albert, was The Oklahoman’s 2013 Super 5 Player of the Year, and Edwards was named Little All-City Player of the Year after leading Northeast to the Class 2A state title.
* Edwards was a late addition to Coale’s recruiting class. She committed in March.
“I watched (Edwards) several times in her high-school season,” Coale said. “She’s the kind of kid that grows on you. You watch her, and you watch her, and you watch her, and the kid just finds a way to win games. She finds a way to make plays.”
The 5-5 guard averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior at Northeast.
Hook returns as the Sooners’ starting point guard, but backup Jasmine Hartman was lost to graduation. Manning was a true freshman last year, but tore her ACL early in the season.
“(Edwards) gives us some much-needed depth at the point position,” Coale said. “Last year, you had Jasmine to run scout team against Morgan, and Maddie gets hurt. What if you want to play Jasmine and Morgan together? What do you do? And you’re looking at that same scenario with Jasmine graduated, so we needed that third point guard in the rotation.”
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