With their star player and leading scorer struggling with her shot, several other Sooners stepped up their game as Oklahoma pulled away late from their in-state rival for the 80-61 victory.
Aaryn Ellenberg would finish with 17 points in the game, but 15 of those came in the second half as her shot was not falling in the first and an Oklahoma State team focusing their defensive efforts on OU's leading scorer. The Sooners trailed for most of the first half before capturing the lead in the closing minutes and taking a modest three point lead into the half. However, the second half would be another story as the Sooners caught fire from the field and junior Nicole Griffin would put together one of the best games of her career.
Griffin finished with a career high 21 points and at multiple times in this game was flat out dominant in the low post. At 6'6", she has always been a player capable of such performances but hasn't always played with the kind of strength necessary in this league. This year however Griffin has transformed her low post game and provided a much needed soft shooting touch which was not previously there in her first two years.
Joanna McFarland continued her run of stellar play posting yet another double-double finishing with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Sharane Campbell put up a double-double of her own as well with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Morgan Hook also just missed the mark finishing with eight points, but an impressive 10 assists.
It was an all-around team effort and the final score reflected that fact with Oklahoma cruising to the easy victory over a solid Oklahoma State team.
With the win, the Sooners move to 18-5 on the season and 8-3 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma maintained sole possession of second place in the Big 12.
Oklahoma will return to action Thursday (7 p.m. on FSN) in a bit of a revenge game against an Iowa State team that beat the Sooners by 21 points in Ames.