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Old 11-05-2018, 05:58 AM   #1
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Default Pellington’s revamped jump shot to make debut

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Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale still marvels at how Shaina Pellington did it last year.
“She averaged what, 13, 14, 15 points a game?” Coale said.
All without the use of a jump shot.
Pellington averaged 13.1 points as a freshman, but is still searching for her first collegiate 3-point make. Last year she attempted and missed all three tries.
Her revamped jumper — which is widely praised by Coale and teammates — will be on display at OU women’s basketball’s exhibition game Monday against Division II Northeastern State.
“She can shoot now,” sophomore guard Ana Llanusa said. “Now, it’s like, OK, am I going to play off her and have a threshold? Or am I going to stay
close enough so she doesn’t shoot that shot? But then she’s going to go right pastme, she’s so fast.
“I think that’s going to be tough for people to guard this year. It’s definitely tough for me to guard. It’s going to be great to see that this year.”
Pellington, a sophomore from Ontario, Canada, used ball-handling and a lethal first step to shoot .492 from the field in 2017, which helped her become Big 12 freshman of the year. But behind closed doors she toiled as a shooter in one-on-one workouts with Coale.
A right-handed player, she arrived at OU shooting from the left side of her face. Last fall, Coale presented her with two options.
“We can continue to shoot this way and you can over-rep it and be an OK shooter, or you can change it and you’re going to be a lousy shooter for a while, but then you’ve got a chance to be really good,” Coale said. “To her credit, she said I don’t want
to be good I want to be great, let’s fix it.”
Last January, Coale began seeing subtle improvement in Pellington’s motion. It was more fluid. After a summer session at OU and a stint with Canada’s national team, Pellington became less hesitant to pull the trigger.
She’s catching in rhythm and looking to score from the outside first.
“It was something I really wanted to fix. Personally, the ball wasn’t going in.
Something was wrong with my mechanics and that’s what I needed to change,” Pellington said. “It’s different if you’re shooting that way and you’re making baskets. But I wasn’t, so I had to change my mechanics. That was something that was really tough but I was willing to do because I wanted to be a good shooter, and I feel like personally I can say that now.”
The Sooners lost three of their top five scorers from last year’s team, including two in the backcourt (Gabbi Ortiz, Madi Manning)
and another inside (Vionise Pierre-Louis). With seven freshmen this season, OU will rely heavily on Pellington and Llanusa while competing in a rugged Big 12 conference.
With an emphasis on faster tempo and smaller lineups this year, the Sooners will still find themselves in halfcourt sets that were sometimes frustrating for Pellington a year ago. With no evidence of an outside shot, teams left her alone near the perimeter and packed the paint area.
That won’t be an option if Pellington’s shots are dropping.
“I mean, I already had a lot of pieces to my game that I’m already extremely proud about, like my penetration skills, that’s always going to be a given,” Pellington said. “But it was that lack of a shot that kind of made things difficult for me. Now that I’ve got that, it’s created so many more opportunities not just for me but my teammates. So that’s really exciting.”
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:05 PM   #2
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66-28 at the half.

Shaina is a different player. Hit her first two from three as well as a jumper. Has 19 in the half, in 10 minutes. They have no answer for her.

Taylor is 4 of 5 from three. OU is 8 of 13 from 3. Madi hit a three early.

Veitenheimer and Murcer steal everything. OU has 31 points off turnovers.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:20 PM   #3
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Tatum is looks to like a total player, score, assist, rebound, and defend...

Early foul trouble has hurt Madi.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:02 PM   #4
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119-45

Shaina had 34 by herself with 5-7 from three. Taylor had 7 of 12 from three. Ana had 17 with 3 of 5 from three. Overall, 17-31 from three as a team. 43 of 75 overall FG. Only 16 of 25 from the line.

Veitenheimer had 9 boards to go with 9 points. Shaina had six assists. But, Mandy, Tatum, Penzo, and Murcer had five each.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:13 PM   #5
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I've heard that Williston was raw and needed to be developed. From what I saw, she is pretty good. Kept her hand high. Good hands and soft touch. I think she has potential. She's already ahead of where EJ is as a senior.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:31 PM   #6
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I was actually thinking the same thing about Williston! I just saw like the last few minutes of the second half but she was better than I thought she would be and I agree, it seems like she probably already has a better offensive game than EJ, it's hard to tell in a exhibition game however. EJ has got the jumping ability and the athleticism to be a defensive beast but she just doesn't have the basketball IQ to live up to her potential and it's a shame that the coaches have brought more out of her over the years. I think we looked pretty good but our biggest whole is definitely going to be our 5 player..
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:13 PM   #7
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Wow, I'm impressed; with the athleticism of the new players, with the confidence that they show, with the outside shooting, with the good hands on defense, with the all around ability of the players. For such a young team they are already more complete players than many of our former players.

Biggest challenge is inside play; rebounding, defense. Thought EJ was the best tonight. Liked what I saw with Williston. Rough and will probably take a couple of years to develop.

Pennington sensational. If she hits treys like that all year we have an all-american. Wish we had landed her Canadian buddy.

Robertson shooting exceptional. Will have someone in her face all year but she also seems to be very savvy and able to find the open spots.

Ana improved and avoided foul trouble. I do expect more fouls against the better teams if we continue to press like we did tonight.

With our inside weakness we will need to play a lot of pressure defense and we have the depth to sustain it the whole game.

Jessi and Tatum solid point guards. Like their toughness and hustle.

Madi did not have her best game mostly because of foul trouble. But she looked good and we really need her size and strength to help inside. Lampkin could help there as well but looks like some need for development.

One of Sherri's challenges is to get her most effective rotations. Stability there is important in order to have maximum flow and communication on both offense and defense. This will be hard because we can expect the freshmen to be up and down. So what works one game may not work the next time.

Hard to evaluate with this level of competition but I liked what I saw tonight and several wow moments.

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Old 11-05-2018, 10:22 PM   #8
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Box score:
http://www.soonersports.com/pdf9/5478777.pdf

Yes it was D1 athletes vs D2 athletes but that was an impressive showing tonight. Lots of athleticism and skill for us. I agree the concern is what happens vs teams with talented bigs...can we defend and rebound. But our shooting will create problems defending us. Very interested to see if this carries forward vs Western Kentucky Friday.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:33 PM   #9
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I was at the game and saw pretty much what Sooner in NC saw. If you only counted our treys (17 of 31), we still would have beaten them. Speed in Shaina, Tatum and Jesse - 11 steals at halftime (19 for the game we kind of called off the dogs in the second half).


I don't think we can be competitive in the post early without EJ.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:44 AM   #10
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Madi showed early what she can do. Didn't do much after the first two or three minutes, foul trouble.

I don't know what teams can do with Shaina. She may end up the year as our best point ever--if she is a point. I get the feeling that Tatum and Jesse will be the points. They do so much all over the scorecard. You would think that Tatum was 6-1 when she goes for a rebound. Our leading rebounder was a 5-8 guard?

The defense had trouble just bringing the ball up with Shaina, Tatum, and Jesse. Tatum also seemed to have good vision on passing.
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WOW. I hear a lot of coach speak around the country about ways in which players have improved their game in the offseason but Shaina just showed that she has a Buddy Hield-level work ethic. To go from 0-3 from 3 her entire freshman SEASON to 5-7 last night is remarkable.

On media day, she said her goal was to be an All-American. I kinda brushed that off as "well yeah, that's everyone's goal..." but it is definitely feasible for her.

Boomer!
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:44 PM   #12
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I was impressed with all of the players. Taylor Robertson is clearly a shooter, but I do think she'll have to get quicker and more agile before Big 12 play to be effective.

I like the confidence Ana showed. I hope she'll be just as persistent on her off nights.

Shaina was great. I do think she can be All-American before her time is done at OU if she continues to improve at the rate she did this summer. I know it was just an exhibition game, but her shot looks far better than last year.

Williston was a surprise. I thought she ran the court pretty well, and played fundamentally sound basketball for the most part. I hope she will continue to improve.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:21 PM   #13
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I agree to Shaina having all-american potential! She's by far our best player from what I saw last night. I was also happy with what I saw from Anna and Taylor. My disappointments were Madie and Nydia, but them being freshmen and that being just an exhibition game gives me hope. Not sure how I feel about Tatum or Jesse as our point guard, we will have to see, I didn't think they were bad by any means but I wasn't impressed either, could be it's so early that thier shooting is not on point yet. Simpson seem to be a little more aggressive offensively which is a good sign, but she's just too short and not fast enough to Be an Effective Big 12 post, in my opinion. I think EJ and Williston's development are key.
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Something that I have not seen mentioned. A lot less dribbling around and more sharp passes. Change in half court look or do the new point guards move the ball better. Particularly Tatum. Seems to have good court vision and not prone to wasting time dribbling around.
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Something that I have not seen mentioned. A lot less dribbling around and more sharp passes. Change in half court look or do the new point guards move the ball better. Particularly Tatum. Seems to have good court vision and not prone to wasting time dribbling around.
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