Balance lifts No. 17 Oklahoma by W. Illinois 97-80

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points and four teammates scored in

double figures as No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Western Illinois 97-80

Wednesday night.

Starters Morgan Hook added 14 points, Nicole Griffin had 13 and

Sharane Campbell 12 for the Sooners (6-2) and Nicole Kornet added

10 off the bench.

Ashley Luke scored 27 points, two shy of her career best, and

grabbed six rebounds and six steals, for Western Illinois (4-5).

Rebecca Henricson added 18.

The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled

by Hook’s seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game under double

figures until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jump, assisted

Shaya Kellogg’s layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28

lead with 4:27 before the half. The lead never got below double

figures after that and when Ellenberg hit a late 3 it was 51-34 at

halftime.