Women's basketball: Sooners use strong guard play to push past Texas A&M
The OU women’s basketball team toppled the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies 64-55 Tuesday night in Norman.
The win took the Sooners to a tied position with the Aggies at No. 2 in the Big 12.
The Sooners were bolstered by great individual scoring performances by sophomore guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook, who led the team and game with 23 and 19 points, respectively.
Hook also dished out five assists compared to zero turnovers — playing the full 40 minutes. The Sooners struggles in the turnover department, however, losing 19. Conversely, the Aggies only gave away 12.
The Sooners held the Aggies’ leading scorers, Tyra White and Kelsey Bone, to just 11 and seven points, respectively. A&M shot only 28.6 percent, and no Aggie scored higher than 12 points. Senior guard Sydney Carter pointed to a lack of focus resulting in the poor shooting performance.
“We’re just not hitting shots,” Carter said. “We’re getting the ball inside and just not finishing. I think it’s a lack of focus on our end, on the offensive end. We just didn’t come ready to play.”
OU coach Sherri Coale gives Hook much of the credit for the victory, calling her the MVP.
Hook played just 26 minutes in the first match-up, shooting a paltry 0-for-6, dishing out just one assist and giving up two turnovers. Hook knew she had struggled and was not going to let it happen again.
“Compared to how I played the first time we played them, it was great,” Hook said. ”I just came in with a chip on my shoulder. It was embarrassing watching film the first time we played them, and I wasn’t gonna let that happen again.”
Hand became the 26th person in Sooner history to score 1,000 points in her career. Ellenberg is just 23 points shy of the feat, giving the pair the opportunity to become just the fourth duo to reach the accomplishment in the same season.
The Sooners are back in action at 5 p.m. Saturday, taking on Texas in Austin.