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Lady Raiders fall flat at Oklahoma in regular-season finale

Posted: March 3, 2014 - 10:43pm  |  Updated: March 4, 2014 - 1:18am
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Oklahoma's Nicole Kornet, bottom, tries to keep the ball from Texas Tech's Minta Spears (3) during an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)  NATE BILLINGS
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Oklahoma's Nicole Kornet, bottom, tries to keep the ball from Texas Tech's Minta Spears (3) during an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
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NORMAN — Oklahoma desperately needed momentum to carry into the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament later this week.

The Sooners grabbed hold of some with Monday’s 87-32 Senior Day rout of Texas Tech in both teams’ regular-season finale.

“It’s definitely important to ride on some kind of momentum going into the tournament, but really it’s a whole new ballgame now,” said senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who led all scorers Monday with 18 points. “We just have to win three games and we’re right there.”

Oklahoma (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) will open Big 12 Tournament play Saturday at 8:30 p.m. against either Oklahoma State or Texas.

Monday against Texas Tech, the Sooners trailed 6-3 after more than six minutes, during which the two teams combined to hit only 2 of 17 field-goal attempts.

Sophomore guard Nicole Kornet and Ellenberg hit back-to-back 3-pointers, though, beginning a 15-2 run from which the Red Raiders (6-23, 0-18 Big 12) could never recover.

“I think what you saw there was just a reflection of kids understanding what position we’re in,” OU coach Sherri Coale said of the rough start. “We came off of a really bad loss … I knew if we ever hit a couple, we’d go on and we’d forget how much was riding on tonight’s game, and we’d enjoy the opportunity to play with these four special seniors.”

Even after its atrocious shooting to begin the game, Oklahoma finished hitting 48.4 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 15-for-29 from beyond the 3-point line.

Coale said she’s confident her team’s resume will be enough to earn a 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, regardless of what happens at the Big 12 tourney this weekend.

“I think what we do in Oklahoma City this weekend will go a long way toward where we are,” Coale said.

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RaiderPower.com

There's a moderator on there Dbt81 that thinks the Lady Raiders are the greatest team on earth.

Boy, she is a dooooofussssss.

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RP3234

You are entitled to form your opinions; you are not entitled to form the facts. DblT81 has never said the Lady Raiders are the greatest team on earth. Do not put words in other people's mouths.

We all hope that in three or four years, Coach Whittaker and her staff can get this program back to being competitive. It will be extremely tough to do in this conference when the program is at absolute rock bottom, but she has a good staff. Recruiting will be the difference. Time will tell.

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raise

I think Whitaker deserves a big raise for all the positive things the team was able to achieve. They played hard, didn't quit, fought back adversity, etc. Did I leave out any tired clichés? After all she's the worst coach in the Big 12 or maybe the country so she should rewarded for her incompetence so she won't leave for a better job.

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surprised?

Not really. We. lost. to. Abilene. Christian. At. Home.

'nuff said.

* Women's hoops is so bad that we're now excited about a men's hoops team that is 9th in a 10-team conference.

* Would seem to be true that we have the worst athletics program in the B12, perhaps the country, when measured by conference results over the last 4 years in the 4 major sports.

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What? No comment from our

What? No comment from our coach. Don't blame her. This team should skip the big 12 tourney. Hope we get some help for Amber next season.

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@wichita65

Does it make you mad that as horrible as you say Coach Whitaker is at her job that she still makes way more money than either you or me?

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RR2007

And how do you know what I make??? I'm pretty sure you're working close to minimum wage however. One thing for sure, if she was in the "real world" and didn't produce any more positive results than she has for her employer, she would be in Alabama with what's her name. Let's face it, girl's basketball at Tech is just a place to come in out of the cold, have an order of nachos and a coke, and head on home. At least one of the two at 6'5" will use up her eligibility.

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no class

OU coach Sherri Coale was her usual no-class self in running up the score and playing her starters more than half the game. She was probably afraid that Tech might cut into that 50-point lead.

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@ulyssesttu

Coach Coale has a lot of class in my book. I worked for Coach Sharp, and at her last game coaching in the Spirit Arena after announcing her retirement, Coach Coale had her team wear Marsha Sharp t-shirts to warmup in prior to the game in honor of Coach Sharp's career. I told Coach that the OU players had on the shirts honoring her prior to taking the floor, and I remember her commenting that Sherri and the OU staff were a class act.

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@wichita65

Why do you think it's necessary to criticize someone on a newspaper comment message board? You're an adult, and you find it necessary to take cheap shots a college kids. Why? Are you as critical of those around you as you are of anyone employed by or on athletic scholarship at Texas Tech? If so, then I feel sorry for people who come into contact with you on a daily basis. What makes you and what you've done in your life so much better than the coaches you bash? I'm sure I speak for a lot of AJ readers when I say we'd all love to hear the answer to that question.

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Dear Mrs. wachitaw....

Ms. Whitaker has not fired the football coach and cheated him out of pay for work completed. Accordingly, her body of work deserves patience.

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RR07

Jeff Orr is my cousin, Tech's #1 fan.

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