Hook Shoots Sooners to 8-1

NORMAN, Okla. — Just like their previous home game, the OU women's basketball team responded after a slow start on their way to a 84-57 bounce back victory over the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Wednesday evening in front of 3,937 at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I didn't think we started off very well, that could be the understatement of the century, huh?" said OU head coach Sherri Coale. [We] just looked lethargic and kind of disorganized and fragmented and kind of played our way out of it."

Once again, it was behind the hot three-point shooting of freshman guard Morgan Hook, who buried seven treys in the contest, going 7-of-8 from long range on her way to a 26-point performance.

Six of those threes came in the first half, when she was perfect from behind the arc.

"I guess I was just feeling it," Hook said. "I wasn't really thinking about it. I just knew I had to go out and do my thing."

That's just what she did after the Ladyjacks stormed out to an early 13-5 lead.

Coale subbed Hook in, and that's when it changed.

The sharpshooter anchored a major run that turned an eight-point deficit into a six point halftime advantage.

And it only got better from there.

The Sooners picked up their defensive intensity in the second half, limiting SFA to only 21 points on 18.5 percent shooting from the field.

"Much better, second half was much better," Coale said. "As I said, we've been talking about how to defend ball screens better, and I explained to them at halftime there's nothing easy about defending a ball screen... We began to do that in the second half. We began to talk about the screen a little bit earlier with a little more urgency.

"And our guys who were on the ball began to defend with a little more urgency and a little more fight, and as a result of that, we didn't give them open lanes to the basket."

On top of that, OU shot a scorching 55.6 percent in the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Ladyjacks 42-21 on its way to a big victory.

Because they did so, SFA never really had a chance to climb back into it, trailing by double digits for the final 18:50 of the contest.

Hook's 26 led all scorers, while fellow freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg added 17, sophomore center Joanna McFarland had 13 and senior guard Danielle Robinson scored 10 for the Sooners.

Junior guard Tammara Marion and senior guard Decreasha Goodner each had 14 in SFA's losing cause.

The Sooners next hit the hardwood against the New Mexico Lobos at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lloyd Noble.

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