Women's Basketball Ready For Wichita State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 28, 2001

Nov. 28, 2001

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The third-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team (6-0) continues its two-game homestand against Wichita State (1-1) on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live on KOMA-AM (1520) and on the Internet at www.soonersports.com. Brian Brinkley will provide the play-by-play and Tara DeGiusti will be the color analyst for the women's basketball radio network.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years old. You can also purchase season tickets for all 12 home games for just $48 for reserved and $36 for general admission. Admission is free to OU students with a valid I.D.

Christmas will come early for one lucky family on Thursday, Nov. 29. At the Wichita State game, two families will be chosen to participate in the Sooner Basketball Family Feud Shootout. To win the entertainment prize pack, which includes a DVD player, a DVD movie, popcorn and other Sooner items, two teams will be formed consisting of two members from each family (one child and one adult). The youths will be asked trivia questions which will determine the location of the shot for the adults.


OU vs. Wichita State
Thursday's game will be the 16th meeting between the two teams. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 9-6 and has won four of the last five games, including a 75-67 decision in the first round of the 1999 WNIT in Wichita, Kan., a game that was also had several inches of snow on the ground. That win was OU's Sherri Coale's first post season victory. Coale is 1-1 all-time vs. WSU. In games played in Norman, OU is 4-1 vs. the Shockers.

Oklahoma is 6-0 on the season and ranks third in the AP poll and fourth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Sooners have four players averaging double digits in scoring and six players playing 25-plus minutes per game. OU has outscored its opponents 477-337 while holding a slim 39.7-36.5 edge on the glass.

Leading the Sooners in scoring is senior Defensive All-American and preseason Naismith Player of the Year candidate LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.). Caufield boasts a team-best and 12th-best in the Big 12 Conference with 15.7 points. She also tops the team and ranks seventh in the league with 2.5 steals per game. Junior forward Caton Hill's (Ada, Okla.) 14.0 points ranks second on the team and her 6.0 rebounds is a Sooner best.

Stacey Dales' (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and Rosalind Ross' (Milwaukee, Wis.) are the other two Sooners who contributes 10-or-more per game. After a stellar game against TCU, Dales now averages 13.8 ppg and 5.7 boards, while Ross continues to be OU's most consistent player, averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing.

For the first time in school history, Oklahoma produced a perfect 5-0 record when playing opponents on a neutral court. The Sooners are also off to their best start in the Sherri Coale era, 6-0. With six wins under its belt, OU's margin of victory has been 23.3 points. In addition, the 46-point win over Butler last Friday ranks fifth among the Sooners' largest road/neutral site wins.

Wichita State is 1-1 on the season. The Shockers won their season opener over Oklahoma State, 71-66, and lost to Oral Roberts, 62-58, a team OU defeated, 73-38, at the Bertha Teague Classic on Nov. 17, in Stillwater. WSU has four players who are contributing 10-plus points per game. Topping the team is sophomore transfer Carlesa Dixon, who averages 17.0 ppg, followed by senior forward Jennifer Kaczka's 13.5 ppg. Sophomore Angela Buckner, the 2001 MVC Freshman of the Year, and junior Raeven King each add 10 ppg. Buckner tops the team in rebounds with 11.0 boards per outing. She ended her rookie season ranked second in the NCAA for most rebounds per game (12.8). Buckner also produced a double-double in 20 of the team's 27 games a year ago.

WSU was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Missouri Valley Conference Coaches Poll, while Kaczka and Buckner were named to the preseason All-Valley first team. The Shockers return four starters from a team that went 10-17 a year ago.

Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) has become one of the most talked about and respected head coaches in NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball. She has taken a 5-22 program (1996-97) and turned it into a nationally-ranked 28-6 program in five short seasons. Coale was named the eighth head women's basketball coach in OU history on April 6, 1996. The Big 12 Coach of the Year for the past two seasons has directed the Sooners to the program's first back-to-back Big 12 regular season titles and NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Oklahoma has compiled an overall record of 53-14 and a 28-4 mark in conference play the past two seasons. Since Coale's arrival, OU is 87-69.

Darryl Smith (College of Great Falls (Mont.), 1981) is in his fourth season as the head coach of Wichita State's women's basketball program. He has produced an overall record of 47-40 while at WSU and owns an overall coaching record of 207-104 (12 years). He led the Shockers to back-to-back postseason berths (WNIT), a first in school history, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Hired in June of 1998 from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo., Smith compiled a 160-64 record in eight seasons with the Roadrunners, an NCAA Division II school.

With a season-high five assists against TCU Tuesday night, senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) became OU's all-time assists leader. She passed Sharee Mitchum's 601 career assists (1992-95). Dales also became the Big 12 Conference's all-time assists leader, passing Texas Tech's Melinda Schmucker, who dished out 603 assists from 1997-2000.

The Canadian scored 21 points, 14 in the first half, on 7-for-10 field goal and 6-for-8 free throw shooting against TCU. She also grabbed a game high 11 rebounds for her first double double of the season and 10th for her career.

Norman native Shannon Selmon (Norman, Okla.) saw her first action of the season Tuesday night against TCU. Selmon scored two points and grabbed three boards in 13 minutes of play. The senior forward underwent arthoscopic surgery to remove the osteochondral defect on her talus in her right foot on October 25.

Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has been the most consistent contributor to OU's early success this year. She's a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line; she scored a game- and career-high 24-points against No. 11/9 Purdue; and she leads the team in three-pointers made. Ross' contributions to the team has her ranked among the Big 12 best in four categories, including best 3-point field goals made (3rd/2.3), 3-point field goals percentage (12th/.424) and scoring (25th/11.8 ppg).



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