By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 16, 2001
Dec. 16, 2001
Oklahoma vs. Illinois
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma improves to 10-0 with the 91-69 victory, while Illinois falls to 5-3.
The 10-0 start ties the best in OU history. The 1984-85 Sooners also began the year with 10 wins.
Oklahoma has now won 14 consecutive non-conference regular season games, dating back to Dec. 16, 2000.
Oklahoma is now 7-3 all-time against Big Ten teams, including 2-0 this season. OU beat Purdue 80-75 to open the 2001-2002 slate.
Oklahoma guard LaNeishea Caufield, the reigning Co-Big 12 Player of the Week, scored 28 points. It was her sixth consecutive game in double figures and her fifth game in a row with 20+ points. She scored 18 points in the first half on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
In today's game, Caufield broke Oklahoma's all-time school record for made free throws. She now has made 554 free throws in her careeer and surpasses the mark held by Phylesha Whaley (552).
Caufield has now hit 28 free throws in a row, one shy of the school record she set last season.
In the first half, Oklahoma forced 21 Illinois turnovers and had a 31-7 edge in points off turnovers. OU had a 16-0 advantage in fast break points and a 26-8 edge in the paint.
Rosalind Ross continues to enjoy the national spotlight of ESPN games. In OU's four appearances on the national network, she has averaged 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. She scored 18 points and grabbed five boards in today's game.
OU's "Triple Threat" of Caufield, Stacey Dales and Caton Hill accounted for 53 of the 91 points the team scored, 58%. Coming into tonight's game, the trio has also scored 58% of OU's points.
Oklahoma held a 22-14 edge in assists, a 14-9 advantage in steals and force nine more turnovers than it committed.
Oklahoma made 18 of its 19 free throw attempts, good for 94.7%.
Oklahoma has now won 13 games in a row at home.
Today's attendance of 4,733 was the 12th largest home crowd ever at the Lloyd Noble Center.