Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game high 22 points in leading Oklahoma to a 69-56 win over Texas, Saturday afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center.
"All wins are good wins,” said Oklahoma Coach Sherri Coale. “I don't think this was necessarily a pretty win by either team but I thought we made plays when we needed to. The guys gutted it out. I thought our post defense was really good. We didn't shoot it real well but we didn't let it affect us the way we let it negatively affect us at Ames this week.
“I was really [pleased by the improved commitment to the process in terms of rebounding. We really probably spent twice as much time rebounding the last two three days since Iowa State. We have spent twice as much time rebounding as anything else. Maybe offense suffered a little bit, maybe defense suffered a little bit, I'm not sure it really did we just didn't shoot it very well, but I thought rebounding improved. Maybe it's when you're a little bit tired and you work on block outs in practice, but we had to do something to change the tide there and I thought we did. It's too bad they ended up out-rebounding us there right at the end."
Ellenberg reached the 20-point plateau for the ninth time this season. Six of those performances have come since Whitney Hand was injured in the Dec. 6 matchup against North Texas. With her 22 points, Ellenberg is 77 points shy of reaching Oklahoma's top 10 in career scoring. Ellenberg passed Leah Rush (1,427; 2004-07) for 13th on the all-time list. The junior guard has scored 1,435 points as a Sooner.
"It's fine with me,” said Ellenberg. “It does not really matter who does it. If I have an open look or if I am feeling good, I am definitely going to take that shot. I'm not afraid to. That is just the way it ended up."
Oklahoma swept the regular-season series with Texas for the fifth time since the formation of the Big 12 Conference. The win over Texas was OU's sixth in the last seven meetings in Norman.
"I think we are doing a really good job of executing what we call,” said Coale. “The in between part is where I want us to really grow. In between primary break and set offense. We had that lull in there where it gets either we are not running and coming down and running a set, or we're just running and not getting organized after. That period where you have to recognize do I have an advantage, is this a high percentage shot, if not then we smoothly go back in and transition into what we try to accomplish."
The Sooners have the week off and will travel to Waco for a Saturday match up with Baylor. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m.