WHoops Wins Exhibition Play Finale 85-23

NORMAN, Okla. — The OU women's basketball team got its final tuneup before the season opener, and it dominated in a 85-23 victory over the Cameron Aggies Wednesday night in front of 3,293 at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I thought we played extremely hard for all 40 minutes," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "Everybody who went in, whatever the situation was when they went in the game, I really liked our effort."

OU surged out to an early 11-0 lead in the first 2:53, and it only got worse from there.

After Cameron hit its first field goal at the 14:48 mark in the first half--the Aggies had only managed a free throw to that point--the Sooners closed the first half on a 24-4 run mainly behind stout defense that led to 26 points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

That stingy defense, coupled with hustle, led to a 35-7 intermission advantage.

"I love how this team gets after loose balls with abandon," Coale said. "It's really hard to get six new players to buy into that this early into the season, and I think the credit for the fact that they have belongs to the seniors and Whitney [Hand] as a captain as well in demanding that and expecting it from them on a daily basis in practice."

The effort and intensity didn't change in the second half either, as the Sooners limited the Aggies to single digits scoring until a jumper by Cameron's Ali Brown more than six minutes into the second half made it 50-11.

And OU coasted it in from there.

Point guard Danielle Robinson led OU with 20 points, although she finished without an assist and racked up five turnovers.

"I think it's just getting used to people and, you know, making better decisions," Robinson said. "I think a lot of my turnovers tonight came from, you know, passing up open shots and whether that be me slowing down or making an extra pass, I think that's something that can be fixed. The assists will come, I know. I'm confident in our shooters and our post players on when they finish easy looks around the rim."

Four other Sooners finished in double figures, including guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who had 12, guards Lauren Willis and Morgan Hook, who each scored 10 and center Joanna McFarland, who managed 10 points as well.

Guard Josie Stewart led the Aggies with her eight points.

OU tips off the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday at Milwaukee.

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