(photo courtesy OU Sports Information/Ty Russell)
Sharane Campbell scored 23 points as No. 21 Oklahoma pounded TCU, 74-53, despite missing its leading scorer for most of the second half Wednesday.
"I just continue to be proud and impressed with these ladies that are on my basketball team,” said Oklahoma Coach Sherri Coale. “They move ahead unfazed. When (Aaryn Ellenberg) goes down in the second half, they did not panic they just turned up the intensity. They paid attention to detail and had a tremendous run in the second half. I keep saying this, but, these guys are fun to coach. No matter what happens they believe that they can win games. That proved to be true tonight."
TCU began the game with an 11-0 run over the first five minutes in which Oklahoma missed eight field goals before Aaryn Ellenberg connected on a 3-pointer. It was the largest points deficit Oklahoma has trailed by this season and rallied to win. OU had recovered from 9-point deficits twice to win.
"I did not think that we were playing in a lackluster way, which I thought we did in Fort Worth,” said Coale. “I thought we were lacking energy and passive (in Fort Worth). That was not the case tonight. We just did not make shots. We settled, we shot quickly, we rushed everything a little bit. They came down and made big plays, and you look up and we are in a hole. Again, these guys did not panic. They would get a stop and then go get a score and string a few of them together. Next thing you know, we were right back in it."
Early in the first period, Ellenberg blocked her sixth shot in the last eight games. In her previous 82 career games played, she totaled only three blocks. Ellenberg scored seven points before sustaining a left leg injury early in the second half.
Campbell scored 23 points, one shy of her career high, and hit a career-high five of eight 3-pointers.
The Sooners have not lost consecutive games in January since the 2004-05 season. The Sooners return to action Sunday, Feb. 2, in search of a road win at West Virginia (Noon on FSN). Oklahoma defeated WVU, 71-68, at home to open Big 12 play on Jan. 2.