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November 21, 2013

Sooners shell UTA

NORMAN   — After hitting five consecutive 3-pointers in the span of four minutes in the first half on Wednesday against Texas-Arlington, Oklahoma freshman Derica Wyatt passed up a couple of open looks, which left coach Sherri Coale mystified.

“Had someone thrown it to me and I was 5-of-5, I could have been triple-teamed and I would have shot it,” Coale said before turning to speak to Wyatt in the postgame news conference. “When that’s flowing, sister, keep firing.

“She’s the kind of shooter that every time she shoots it, I turn and look the other way, because I’m just pretty sure it’s going in.”

It was that kind of night for Wyatt, who scored 23 points and hit 7-of-11 3-point attempts to lift No. 10 Oklahoma to a 99-46 romp over Texas-Arlington.

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 24 points and went 4-of-12 from 3-point range, with her first 3-pointer of the game giving her 300 for 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 (4-1) built a 52-19 lead over Texas-Arlington (0-5).

“After the first one, I was breathing a sigh of relief,” Wyatt said. “Yeah, it felt good.”

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. 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.

“I think you find out a lot about your team in the 40 minutes that follow a loss,” Coale said. “I think we found out that our team is pretty tough and pretty mature and the approach to things is pretty much on track.”

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