Phoenix wire reports
NORMAN — Nicole Kornet set career highs in points, rebounds and steals as she scored 26 to lead the No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners over Maryland Eastern Shore, 105-46, Sunday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Kornet was perfect inside the arc and made three of six 3-pointers as the Sooners routed the Lady Hawks in the first meeting between the two schools.
“It felt good, that’s for sure,” Kornet said. “Lately I’ve been struggling around the 3-point line and just shooting, in general. I think tonight I just drove it and I was aggressive and that was what sparked my shooting.”
Kaylon Williams added 14 points, Gioya Carter 11 and Derica Wyatt and Nicole Griffin each had 9 as the Sooner bench scored 69.
“I liked our energy,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “I liked how well we played together and shared the basketball. I thought we got important minutes for a lot of guys. We’re developing our depth and trying different combinations and I think it’s a game that we used to get better.”
Every Sooner on the active roster played, scored at least three points and grabbed at least one rebound.
“This is probably one of our mini-blocks of our foundation of what we want to keep building on,” Williams added. “You have to have a starting place and we work really hard in practice with working on us and we are going to continue to work on us, but we’re just going to build on what we have done today.”
OU’s leading scorer, Aaryn Ellenberg, suffered a minor left knee strain four minutes into the game and did not return. She was held out as a precaution.
Ellenberg hobbled after being fouled on a layup attempt, then paused in the midst of her first free-throw attempt and reached to her knee. She made both free throws and the was substituted from the game.
Oklahoma faces a New England road trip, visiting Fairfield and Marist this week before returning home Dec. 29 versus Samford.