Claremore Daily Progress


December 20, 2012

Coale's Sooners poised to recover


NORMAN — Coale called her team “tentative” before ticking through individuals.

“I thought Nicole Griffin was tentative on the inside …,” Coale said.

The Sooner center finished with 11 points and five rebounds, but OU needed more from her.

“I thought Sharane (Campbell) was tentative,” Coale said.

The sophomore, who gets to the free throw line more than any other Sooner, attempted just two shots and two free throws.

“And I thought (Aaryn Ellenberg) tried to do too much,” Coale said, “and it resulted in five crazy first-half turnovers.”

Cal-Riverside (6-3) may not be in Vanderbilt’s league, but that doesn’t mean OU won’t be challenged tonight.

The Highlanders only won five games all of last season, yet have already won six this season. And their guards are good, with starters Tre’Shonti Nottingham and Brittany Crain combining to average 38.5 points per outing.

Additionally, Nottingham is averaging almost five assists per game, while Crain is grabbing 7.7 rebounds, the exact same average as Joanna McFarland, who leads OU in the category.

The Sooners want to win, but more than that, they need get moving, get out of their own way and not be the tentative group they were against the Commodores.

“I don’t think as a unit, or as a team,” point guard Morgan Hook said of their last outing, “that we played as hard as we could.”

Get that right, and maybe everything else will fall into place. It would at least be a start.

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