Hand-Jones who married Sooners QB Landry Jones over the Summer will still go by Hand on the court, but will be listed as Whitney Jones elsewhere. Hand averages 16.5 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds so far this season. She is fifth among the Big 12 Conference’s active career scoring and rebounding leaders.
Ellenberg has been the team’s leading scorer so far this season, averaging 21 points per game. She holds the record at Oklahoma for all-time 3-pointers scored, with 179.
The Sooners are sitting at a 1-1 record after a surprising loss Wednesday night against UCLA. Even with Ellenberg and Hand’s 43 combined points, the Sooners still fell short. The Sooners got completely beat under the backboard for offensive rebounds, giving up 24. Coach Sherri Coale after the game:
I’m disappointed with our effort and our response to the physical play. If that’s the way they’re going to play then we have to adjust to it, and we have to fight back and be just as physical as they’re being. I didn’t think we responded in the right way.
You don’t beat anybody when you give up 24 offensive rebounds. It’s just a number that’s unheard of. At halftime, 23 of their points were from offensive rebounds, that is us beating ourselves. All of this stems from the physicality, on the ball and away from the ball.
The Sooners move on to host St. Louis on Sunday for game 3.