Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
Coming off a nineteen point loss, this Oklahoma team needed a win to regain their footing in Big 12 play and a trip to Manhattan Wednesday night offered them that chance. The Wildcats have suffered the same kind of bad luck to that of OU when it comes to season ending injuries. So the road match-up in the Little Apple did not figure to be as difficult as it might have once been.
Never the less, Kansas State is always a tough team to play and Wednesday was no exception. Despite a late run from the Wildcats, Oklahoma was able to secure the 74-68 victory thanks in part to some solid play from Nicole Griffin in the final minutes. At 6'6" Griffin is a player who should have her way on the inside, but has struggled at times being overpowered from smaller players because of her slight frame. However, that was not the case in this one as she hit multiple baskets in close down the stretch to help Oklahoma maintain their lead. Griffin finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Along with Griffin, the rest of Oklahoma's starting five also finished with double digit points as will be necessary almost any night if they're going to win games. Aaryn Ellenberg was once again the team's leading scorer finishing with 18 points, hitting four of her seven three pointers. Joanna McFarland continues her impressive run of double-doubles this time putting up 10 points and 15 rebounds. You cannot possibly say enough about her play since Whitney Hand went down. This team would be significantly worse off were it not for how well McFarland has played. Morgan Hook (11) and Sharane Campbell (14) were also in double digits and Hook tallied an impressive eight assists in the game.
Oklahoma returns to action this Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST) against their in-state rival Oklahoma State and Bedlam 2013 1.0.