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Archive for Friday, December 3, 2004

Oklahoma struggles in win over Lamar

December 3, 2004

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— Dionnah Jackson did it all for Oklahoma in its win against Lamar on Thursday night, but Sooners coach Sherri Coale wants someone else to be doing it, too.

Jackson scored a career-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to a 60-42 victory, but she was the only one in double figures as Coale flip-flopped her lineup all night trying to find a potent combination.

Thirteen Sooners played and nine logged at least 10 minutes on the floor as Coale shifted players in and out. Lauren Shoush started in place of Chelsi Welch and had four points, seven rebounds and four assists, but also four turnovers.

With Shoush starting instead of coming off the bench, the Sooners (4-1) were without their usual sparkplug.

With the game still within reach, Jackson scored six straight points -- all in the paint -- during a 10-0 run that put Oklahoma ahead 54-34 and iced the game with seven minutes to play.

"Nobody can stay in front of her," Coale said. "If she wants to get to the rim, she's gonna get to the rim."

Jackson, who spent her first three seasons passing up shots to set up her teammates, still is adjusting to being the team's primary scorer.

The Sooners, who fell out of the rankings following their loss to Iowa, committed a season-high 24 turnovers to allow Lamar (3-1) to stay in the game.

"They're ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous," Coale said. "A team's playing sag defense and we turn it over 24 times? That's either being lackadaisical, indecisive or I won't go to option three. It's no better than the first two.

"C'mon, make a decision, be sure about what you're doing and throw it away from the defense. How hard is that?"

No. 12 Texas Tech 69, Arkansas-Little Rock 29

Lubbock, Texas -- Cisti Greenwalt and Alesha Robertson scored 14 points each, leading Texas Tech.

Greenwalt also grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Red Raiders (2-1), who never trailed. Chesley Dabbs and Erin Myrick added nine points each for Texas Tech.

Jocelyn Love scored 12 points to lead the Trojans (1-5), who were held scoreless for more than 13 minutes in the first half and almost seven in the second half.

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