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October 19, 2012

OU women lose Williams for entire season

NORMAN — Oklahoma women’s basketball took a big hit Thursday when it was disclosed that sophomore post Kaylon Williams ruptured her left Achilles tendon in practice this week.

Williams will miss the season.

A Midwest City product, the Sooner sophomore was coming off a season in which she began receiving limited time off the bench, only to finish playing a major role and starting 16 of OU’s 30 games.

“We are devastated for Kay Kay because she had improved tremendously since the end of her freshman season and was going to be a significant contributor,” Coale said. “If there is a silver lining, it is that this happened the second day of practice and our team will have ample time to adjust to the loss and progress before our regular season begins.”

Williams averaged 4.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and led Big 12 Conference freshmen in rebounding and shot blocking efficiency (per minute of court time) last season.

The Sooners will have time to adjust, yet may find themselves thin at their post positions, the “four” and the “five.”

They still have Nicole Griffin, who started 30 games last season, and Joanna McFarland, who started 17.

Though, between the three of them — Williams, Griffin, McFarland — two were often on the court together. As a matter of depth, the Sooners aren’t likely to be in a position to play their “bigs” together quite so often.

Instead, with several players in the molds of “twos” and “threes” — off guard and small forward positions — the Sooners may find themselves shoring up their lineup by frequently playing smaller.

One thing OU has this season is several players Coale believes can reliably shoot the 3-pointer.

The Sooners will begin to figure things out against live competition when they meet Oklahoma Christian on Nov. 1 for an exhibition game. The regular season begins Nov. 10 at Creighton.

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