Lady Sooners Wallop Sacramento State

NORMAN, Okla. — Just about everything that could go well went well for the Lady Sooners Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center, as they defeated Sacramento State 117-55 in their regular season-opener.

Guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who head coach Sherri Coale has said continuously doesn't get enough praise conference-wide, led the Sooner scoring attack with 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting.

Six other Sooners finished in double figures, including guards Whitney Hand, DaShawn Harden, Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell, who had 18, 15, 12 and 11, respectively, and centers Nicole Griffin and Jelena Cerena, who added 14 and 11, respectively.

So, it was an all-around team effort.

"I thought the first half we were extremely difficult to guard," Coale said. "I told them in the locker room, if you play like that and you play together and share the ball like that and change sides of the floor you are going to be hard for anybody to guard."

In that first half, OU managed a ridiculous 69 points, a new program record for points in a half, on 61.1 percent shooting from the field.

That enabled the Sooners to capture a 41-point halftime lead, one that only expanded in the second half, despite some sloppy play, which featured 15 turnovers in the final 20 minutes.

"Second half got a little ragged, obviously turned it over way too much, but those guys need that experience and they will get better from it," Coale said.

As it was, they still shot 58.3 percent and won the rebounding battle 33-15 in the second half.

OU finished 59.7 percent overall from the field and out-rebounded SSU 59-35, while also hitting 11 threes in the contest.

Hand had four of those.

"I think whenever you make shots it's just fun," Hand said. "That kind of rhythm is fun and I mean it's really nice to not have to go, 'Okay, another trip down the court.' That just wears on you emotionally and it gets you tired and it's not fun. It's kind of like a fresh breath of air, I think I would have been smiling if it hadn't of gone in because it felt really good. I felt good today."

And so did the Sooners as a whole.

Along with the hot shooting performance and the domination on the boards, Hook again distributed it well, tossing eight dimes to just three turnovers.

"I definitely feel more comfortable in this position because that's what I grew up playing," said Hook, who's transitioned back to her natural point guard position. "Either one [of point guard or wing] is fine. I didn't freak out last year when I had to be a spot-up shooter."

The Sooners had the lead for the entirety of the game and led by as much as 64 with 1:58 remaining.

They will now take their 1-0 record on the road to face New Mexico at 3 p.m. Saturday in Albuquerque.

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