Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Behind a career high 19 points from Nicole Griffin, Oklahoma was able to hold off Arkansas 73-70 in their tournament opener out in Hawaii. The Sooners were fortunate to get that kind of performance from Griffin on the inside, because they were not hitting from the outside. Oklahoma went a less than stellar 3-18 from three point range. Couple that with 18-30 from the free throw line and it's not really that surprising that the Sooners couldn't ever deliver that final knockout blow.
Despite some spotty outside shooting, OU had four of five starters tally double digits; Griffin obviously, Whitney Hand and Morgan Hook both with 14, and true freshman Maddie Manning with 10. Naturally, it wouldn't be an Oklahoma game if they failed to allow an opponent a career high. Friday night that person was Keira Peak who put up an impressive 30 points.
With the win, Oklahoma advances to face Oregon Saturday night at 6 p.m. (CST). The only place to see the game is on SoonerSports.tv.