WBB: Defensive Stops Clinches OU's Road Victory

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 26 points and Joanna McFarland totaled a double-double with a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds as No. 16 Oklahoma stayed perfect in Big 12 play with an 85-79 win at TCU Wednesday.

Oklahoma (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) continued its efficient ways on offense, shooting 49 percent from the field, but it was the Sooners' execution on defense through the final minutes that sealed the victory over the Horned Frogs (7-7, 0-3).

"I was really proud of our second-half effort," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "We were flat early on, give TCU credit they hit a bunch of shots, but I'm not sure we made them very difficult."

Morgan Hook, who had a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 assists, connected on a middle drive and 1 to give OU a two-point lead with 1 ½ minutes to play.

The following possession, Ellenberg forced a turnover that converted to a Sharane Campbell pull-up jumper as the shot clock expired to give OU an 81-77 lead.

Campbell scored 11 points to reach double figures for the fourth straight game as a member of the starting lineup.

Ellenberg, who lost her left shoe on the ensuing half-court inbounds, forced Kamy Cole's dribble out of bounds, then deflected the next inbounds off Cole's leg for a turnover to seal the victory.

"I think our discipline to go inside late in the game was impressive," Coale added."So I'm very proud."

TCU's Natalie Ventress scored a game-high 27 points, but had just four in the second half.

TCU hit 47 percent of its first-half shots, including eight of 15 3-pointers, to lead Oklahoma 44-39 at halftime. It was the most points the Sooners have given up in the first period this season.

"We talked about their guards being their strengths," Coale said. "Their willingness to shoot the 3s -- you can tell in film those guys have a lot of confidence. They believe they are suppose to make those shots."

TCU led 61-53 with 12 minutes remaining before OU went on 10-2 run to tie the game 63-63. The Sooners then allowed six unanswered points before collecting the game's 18th and final lead change.

"I thought it was a great basketball game," TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said. "Both teams were going at each other for 40 minutes. It really boils down to a couple plays here and there and they made a few more than we did."

Oklahoma returns to the Lloyd Noble Center for a matchup against Texas Tech Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.  (From SoonerSports.com)