Sunday night against Michigan might have been the most complete game the Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team has played all season. Considering that it came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was certainly a welcome surprise. Granted, Michigan was reportedly one of the last four teams into the tournament but as we said in the game thread this Oklahoma team has proved capable of losing to just about anyone. Losing, however, was not on the menu Sunday night.
It was a true team effort, evidenced by all five starters finishing in double figures. Aaryn Ellenberg lead the team in scoring with 28 points, officially busting out of her extended slump and at multiple times was legitimately on fire. Team leader Whitney Hand was her usual steady self finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Morgan Hook recorded 13 points, freshman Kaylon Williams and Nicole Griffin both tallied 10 points as well.
If you didn't have a chance to see this game, the easiest way to describe this team (and one they used themselves afterwards) was just how obvious it was that they were having fun out there. It sounds like such a simple thing, but it was so clear Sunday night and made such an obvious difference. Hopefully, they can carry that over into their second round game.
The Sooners advance to face #3 seed St. John's on Tuesday night, again in Norman, OK. It will be a late one as the tip is not scheduled until around 8:45 p.m. CST and the game will be on ESPN2.
Congrats on the first round win ladies and Sooner Nation will be ready and waiting to root you on Tuesday night!