WHoops: Sooners Move to 3-0

NORMAN, Okla. — OU soared out to a huge lead behind an on-fire showing from behind the arc and all over the court, for that matter, and waltzed to an 84-66 victory Monday night in front of 4,371 at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I thought we played really, really well out of the gate," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "Offensive spacing, crisp, timing was good, decisions were good, made baskets and it all looks so pretty when you're making baskets."

The Sooners canned 10 of their 18 treys, including 7-of-9 in the first half.

They were a blazing 67.9 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, all of which allowed them to build a 47-26 advantage at intermission.

"I just thought it was a really solid first half," Coale said. "And then at halftime we talked about a couple of little things that we could have done better in the first half defensively, and we did those better in the second half, so we learned even from that."

With that, OU was able to extend the lead to as much as 33 in the second half, despite shooting a poorer percentage of 43.3 in the final period.

And although the score doesn't always reflect how the game played out, this time it did.

The Crimson and Cream, who outshot the Bulldogs 55 percent to 30 percent, was dominant not only there but in all phases of the game, winning the board battle 42-37, racking up 19 assists to only 10 for the Bulldogs and managing 3-1 and 12-8 leads in the blocks and steals columns, respectively, as well.

That all added up to a plus-20 advantage in the hustle department.

As the game-inside-the-game shows, in particular the assist column, the Sooners played this one collectively as a unit.

"Everybody's just doing what they need to do in order for us to be successful," said point guard Danielle Robinson.

OU leaped out to a double-digit lead in the first 5:14 after Robinson hit a jumper to make it 15-4.

It only got worse from there.

A 26-13 spurt over the next 8:14 allowed the Sooners to expand a 24-point margin, their largest of the first half.

And another early half spurt in the first five minutes of the second half allowed OU to lead by 30 at 62-32.

From that point, they would cruise to the finish line, although they struggled in the final eight minutes of the game in allowing their lead to be cut in half down the stretch.

"I thought the first 10 minutes of the second half [were] really good and then recess ensued," Coale said. "So, let's talk about the first 22 minutes."

The Sooners were led by Robinson, who had 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

Guard Aaryn Ellenberg added 15, and guard Lauren Willis also finished in double figures with 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 night.

Forward Hayley Munro led four Fresno State scorers in double digits with 12 in their losing effort.

OU next takes on Texas Pan-American in the Basketball Traveler's Invitational at 7 p.m. CT Friday at Lloyd Noble Center.

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