The Oklahoma women were back in action Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center against TCU and cruised to a 74-53 win. The game was not without some drama however as OU's star, and by far and away most important player right now, Aaryn Ellenberg went down with what is believed to be a sprained ankle.
As she was helped from the court following the injury in the second half, the collective breath of OU fans was being held after having watched this team already be ravaged by serious injuries all year. Fortunately, with the margin being as wide as it was Oklahoma had the luxury of not playing Ellenberg for most of the second half. Head coach Sherri Coale said after the game she did not believe the injury to be that serious and that Ellenberg would probably just have to stay off it for a couple days.
The danger with that kind of injury however is other than rest, which is obviously difficult in the middle of a season, there really isn't much you can do for a sprained ankle.
As for the game itself, the Sooners were lead by Sharane Campbell's 23 points, fifteen of which came on her career high five three-pointers. Oklahoma could have probably still won the game, but Campbell's second half scoring surge certainly made things much easier.
The only other OU player in double figures was center Nicole Griffin who finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. Senior Joanna McFarland had another solid game putting up seven points and twelve rebounds.
With the game comfortably in control, some of the bench players got in the game late and a couple items of note. Freshman Nicole Kornet tallied nine points, all of which were on three-pointers, which will hopefully help her regain some confidence in her shot. Also volleyball player on loan Tara Dunn scored her first career point going 1-2 from the free throw line.
The women return to action this weekend, Sunday (Feb. 3rd) at 12 pm (CST) on the road against West Virginia.