By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 05, 2002
Feb. 5, 2002
#4/3 Oklahoma, 69, #10/12 Baylor, 60
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
Third-ranked Oklahoma improved to 19-2 (8-1 Big 12) with the 69-60 victory, while No. 10/12 Baylor fell to 18-4 (6-4).
Oklahoma has now won eight consecutive games against the Lady Bears and owns a 12-4 edge all-time against Baylor. BU's last win over OU was on Jan. 14, 1998, a 97-67 win in Waco.
Oklahoma extended its winning streak at home to 18 games, the fifth-longest in the nation. OU's last loss at home was on Jan. 6, 2001, when Iowa State defeated the Sooners, 81-79.
With tonight's win, Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale notched her 100th win as the Sooners' mentor, her 50th Big 12 Conference victory and her 50th win at home.
Coale is the first OU coach to win 50 conference games and is the second to reach the 100-win mark, joining Maura McHugh, who won 142 games from 1981 to 1987. McHugh, now the head coach of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, was present at tonight's game.
Stacey Dales led OU in scoring for the sixth time this season with 26 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Tonight was her sixth game scoring 20-or-more points on the year. Dales added nine rebounds and six assists.
In the first half alone, Dales scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and had a blocked shot and a steal.
OU took a 39-30 lead into the halftime locker room after shooting 42.9% from the field in the opening stanza (12-for-28). OU was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line in the first half.
For the 12th time this season, Oklahoma made more free throws than its opponent attempted. OU hit 25 free throws, while the Lady Bears shot just 17.
Oklahoma shot 92.6% (25-for-27) from the free throw line tonight, while Baylor shot just 8-for-17 (47.1%). Oklahoma's record for FT% in a game at the Lloyd Noble Center is 92.9%, set on Dec. 3, 1997, against Southwest Missouri State.
Tonight was the third game this season where OU shot 90% or better from the charity stripe. Oklahoma's season-high was a 94.7% free throw shooting night against Illinois on Dec. 16.
Baylor's 47.1% clip from the free throw line was its lowest of the season, as well as the lowest for an Oklahoma opponent on the year.
LaNeishea Caufield tied a season-high with five steals and with her 11 free throws made tonight, set an Oklahoma season-high. Caufield scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Oklahoma held a 42-37 rebounding edge and the Sooners are now 15-0 when outrebounding its opponent this season.
Rosalind Ross is now averaging 17.0 ppg when playing Baylor this season. She averages 11.8 ppg overall.