Jan. 19, 2013
Final Stats | Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 points and No. 16 Oklahoma defeated Texas 69-56 on Saturday.
Joanna McFarland scored 15 points and Nicole Griffin scored 10 for the Sooners (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), who never trailed in bouncing back from an 82-61 loss to No. 24 Iowa State on Tuesday.
Oklahoma led 33-27 at halftime, and opened the second half with a 12-5 run that gave them a double-digit lead that they held the rest of the way.
Morgan Hook had a team-high nine assists and seven rebounds for the Sooners.
Chassidy Fussell led Texas (7-10, 0-6) with 21 points and nine rebounds. The Longhorns have lost eight in a row.
The Sooners swept the Longhorns in Big 12 play, having won 78-70 in Austin on Jan. 5. Oklahoma's next game is next Saturday at No. 1 Baylor.
-Texas is now 23-21 all-time against Oklahoma ... the series in the Big 12 era is now 20-18 in favor of the Sooners ... the Longhorns last won at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 3, 2010.
-The Longhorns led the Sooners (41-39) on the boards, as they did when the teams met Jan. 5 in Austin ... Texas has outrebounded 12 of its first 17 opponents of the season.
-UT also led OU in steals (11-10) and blocks (4-2).
-Scored 21 points to lead the Longhorns, 13 of which came in the first half ... it was Fussell's most points since scoring 31 at home against Tennessee (Dec. 16, 2012). -Also led Texas on the boards, grabbing nine. -Has recorded a block in each of the last six games in which she has played.
-Set new season highs in points (nine), rebounds (three), field goals (three) and minutes (20), -Tied her season high in assists (one) and recorded her first steal of the season ... also sank her first three free throws of the season.
-Led Texas in steals (three) and assists (three) for the fifth and fourth times this season, respectively.
Anne Marie Hartung
-Saw her first two minutes of game action since the Longhorns played Iowa on Dec. 28, 2012.
Texas Head Coach Karen Aston
Opening Statement: “I thought Oklahoma was Oklahoma today. They continued to grind away like they do. They’re a really good offensive team, especially at the guard position. I like the way that Morgan Hook is leading their team right now, and I’m sure Sherri (Coale) will say the same thing. Their post players were better than ours today; they were better than us today. We had way too many turnovers in the paint and we were out-competed today. That’s the best thing to say. We were out-competed. I thought we did a great job in the first half showing some resolve. We had different combinations in the game and we had people playing that hadn’t played a lot minutes. I was really pleased at halftime when we were in the game, but the first five minutes in the second half was telling.”
On making progress with a young team: “I think we’ve made progress. This is such a young basketball team with people in positions that they haven’t been in before. We take steps forward, and then we take steps back. For example, in our previous game against Texas Tech, I thought our post players were tremendous, and then they really just didn’t show up today at all. Guards learned a lesson in the Texas Tech game and they were better today, but we haven’t put forth a total team effort. Right now, we’ve got the guards doing really good but no presence in the paint, and then it flips. Until we can learn to be disciplined together and do this thing together, then we’re going to continue to have disappointments in the Big 12 because it is too balanced as a league.”
“They take turns making mistakes when they’re young. A lot of times you can put one freshman out there with older players and they’ll help them through their mistakes and they’ll reset when there is a mistake, or they’ll help them get where they’re supposed to be. But in our situation, we have freshmen telling freshmen a lot of the time, or a sophomore telling a freshman. We sometimes have a difficult time stopping the bleeding which is what happened tonight.”