Hook Reaches Thousand Career Points In Sooners Rout Of UTA
Aaryn Ellenberg scored 24 points, freshman Derica Wyatt added 23 -- hitting seven 3-pointers- and No. 10 Oklahoma routed Texas-Arlington 99-46 on Wednesday night.
Ellenberg went 4-of-12 from 3-point range for Oklahoma (4-1) and her first 3-pointer of the game was the 300th of her career. But she was upstaged by Wyatt, a freshman who didn't even play in the Sooners' two most recent games, against Gonzaga and Louisville.
Wyatt, who entered the game 1-of-5 this season from behind the arc, didn't miss on five 3-point attempts in the first half as Oklahoma built a 52-19 lead over Texas-Arlington (0-5).
Oklahoma, which entered the game shooting 24 percent from 3-point range, finished 14-of-33 (42 percent) against the Mavericks. The Sooners shot 48 percent overall.
Briana Walker led Texas-Arlington with 13 points while Laila Suleiman and Desherra Nwanguma scored 12 each and Tahlia Pope had six points and 14 rebounds. The Mavericks, in their first season in the Sun Belt Conference, committed 34 turnovers.
Despite an overtime loss to No. 5 Louisville on Sunday in the Preseason WNIT title game, Oklahoma moved into the top 10 this week for the first time since the 2010-11 preseason poll. Wednesday's game figured to be a mere pit stop in between the Preseason WNIT and a date at UCLA on Sunday, which will be a rematch of a second-round NCAA tournament game from last season, won 85-72 by the Sooners.
The result never was in doubt. Oklahoma sprinted to a 10-0 lead over the Mavericks in the first 3 1/2 minutes. Along the way, Morgan Hook scored her 1,000th career point, becoming the 28th Oklahoma player to do so. Ellenberg's landmark 3-pointer at the 16-minute mark made it 13-3.
Texas-Arlington was within 18-10 after seven straight points by Suleiman but Oklahoma went on a 25-2 run, which Wyatt capped with five straight 3-pointers, all in the span of four minutes.
Wyatt was a three-time Miss Basketball honoree in the prep ranks in Tennessee, where she was known as a 3-point ace, but few could have foreseen her outburst Wednesday. She went 1-of-5 from behind the arc in 11 minutes in a season-opening win over Stetson and didn't manage a 3-point attempt during a five-minute stint in a win over Wichita State.
Against Texas-Arlington, she finished 8-of-13 from the field -- taking 11 3-pointers -- as the Sooners led by as many as 57 points in the second half.
Ellenberg's performance was more predictable, since she entered the game averaging 20.3 points. She now has 303 career 3-pointers and is chasing the NCAA Division I career record of 392, held by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State.
Nicole Griffin added 13 points for Oklahoma while Kaylon Williams had 10 points. Oklahoma committed only nine turnovers.