The OU women were looking a cure to their early season road woes and it came in the form of the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon. A combination of a renewed determination on the defensive end and a dynamic freshman duo on offense, the Sooners were able to hand the Huskers a 20 point loss. The 70-50 final score could have actually been much worse if OU wouldn't have cooled off in the second half, at the eight minute remaining mark OU had only made a handful of field goals. Despite that fact, OU was able to maintain their considerable lead thanks in large part to said defensive performance. The Sooners held Nebraska under 30% from the floor and forced them into 19 turnovers.
OU was led by freshman Aaryn Ellenberg's 19 points and fellow freshman Morgan Hook chipped in with 16 points (4-6 from three point range). In her second game back, Whitney Hand dropped in a cool 18 and perhaps more importantly thanks to the margin of victory wasn't required to play significant minutes. Hand suffered an early scare (at least for OU fans who were watching) after a Husker defender stepped on her foot, causing her to wrench her recently repaired knee, and fall to the court wincing in pain. Fortunately for Sooner Nation, Hand jumped up and was able to walk it off and return to the game. After the game, Hand admitted that her knee was bothering her a little more than she was letting on.
Personally, I think Coach Coale is still working to figure out her best rotation but getting this win on the road in their conference opener was a good first step towards another potential Big 12 championship for our lady Sooners. OU continues conference play this Wednesday night at the LNC with a 7p.m. game against K-State.