Reserves Anchor Sooner Victory

NORMAN, Okla. -- The normal point producers, guards Danielle Robinson, Whitney Hand and Aaryn Ellenberg, combined for only 17 points, and Robinson's point total of five was the lowest since her freshman year, but the youngsters picked up the slack and the Sooners defeated the Missouri Tigers 69-47 Saturday afternoon in front of 6,256 at Lloyd Noble Center.

"We've got to figure out how to have more than just three guys carry us in Big 12 play," Coale said. "So, it was very refreshing to see us put up 69 points on the board and very little of that came from the three that have been carrying us with Vegas [Aaryn Ellenberg], Whitney and D-Rob."

In fact, of the three, Ellenberg was the only one that finished in double figures with her 10.

Freshman guard Morgan Hook also scored 10, and sophomore centers Joanna McFarland and Lyndsey Cloman had 14 and 10, respectively, in the winning effort.

McFarland and Cloman even scored very efficiently, with at least a point per minute, as McFarland managed her total in 12 minutes, while Cloman got to hers in just 10 minutes.

"We didn't even realize that they were struggling that much," McFarland said. "We were just trying to play together and for each other. So, it wasn't really personal like, ‘Oh, she only has two points or she has four.' It was just collective."

Indeed, it was, and for most of the game.

Thanks to these guys, the Sooners only trailed early when it was 4-1 in the first two minutes.

After that, it was all OU.

The Sooners built a 31-20 halftime advantage, leading by as much as 13 in the first 20 minutes.

"We just did a great job of establishing ourselves in the paint," Coale said. "And I was very proud of the guards feeding it to them, the posts getting into position and then attacking to the basket."

That theme carried through the second half, as OU led by as much as 25 with 2:45 remaining.

While McFarland led all scorers with 14, Mizzou forward Shakara Jones was the only MU player in double figures with 12 points.

She had five rebounds as well.

Ellenberg, the Sooner point guard, actually led all rebounders with seven.

"She's been talking about that since the final buzzer blew," Coale jokingly said during the postgame press conference.

OU, which improves to 8-3 in the conference and 18-6 overall, now heads to Hartford, Conn., for a 6 p.m. CT non-conference showdown with the No. 2 UConn Huskies.

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