“I sat out most of the first half, so I’m glad I came out in the second half and started off strong and attacking, just doing something to give my team a spark,” Griner said.
In total, Oklahoma outscored the Bears 32-22 with Griner on the bench, but were outscored 64-32 when she was active.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was quick to point out, though, that Griner wasn’t her only player in foul trouble; as a team, the Bears were called for 11 first-half fouls, compared to only five in the second.
“Brittney’s the biggest factor, but she’s not the only factor,” Mulkey said. “I thought on the defensive end, we continued to foul. On the offensive end, we were missing shots. I thought we were pressing some, trying to make things happen.”
Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 19 points; Morgan Hook, Campbell and Nicole Griffin added 15, 14 and 12, respectively in the loss, which was Oklahoma’s fourth of its last five games.
The Sooners return to action at home Saturday against Kansas, and then wrap up their regular-season slate next Monday at Texas Tech.
“Hallelujah,” Coale sang when asked about her squad’s four-day break. “It’s been a rigorous eight days. It would be tough for any team, but especially a team whose roster is as small as ours is now. ... We’ll take a big gulp of air and get ready for the final month of the season.”