Sept. 27, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior Phylesha Whaley was named to the Womens Basketball Journal (WBJ) preseason honorable mention All-American team today. The 5-10 forward has been the leading scorer for the Sooners each of the past three years and the top rebounder the last two seasons. She poured in a career-, school- and Bud Walton Arena-record 40 points against Arkansas in the second round of the 1999 WNIT.

This is an amazing honor for me, said Whaley. Its a privilege to be considered in the same field as some of the top players in the nation. I also know that if it werent for my teammates and coaches, this wouldnt be possible.

Whaley, who was Head Coach Sherri Coales first collegiate recruit, currently ranks among the schools all-time best in 17 categories. She became the 14th player in womens basketball history to record 1,000 points. She reached that milestone on Nov. 29, 1998, against Coppin State at the Cancun Invitational. Shes a three-time All-Big 12 selection and has averaged more than 18 points and seven rebounds per game during her OU career.

Im extremely excited for Phylesha, said Coale. This is a tremendous individual honor, as well as a reflection on our team and program at Oklahoma. She has had an outstanding career at OU so far and I expect her senior season to be stellar as well.

The publication also released its 1999-2000 Preseason Top 25. Heading the list was No. 1 Connecticut, followed by Georgia, Rutgers, UCLA and Iowa State, a member of the Big 12 Conference. Also appearing on the top 25 list and on this years OU schedule is No. 14 Kansas, No. 18 Arizona, No. 19 Texas and No. 22 Texas Tech. Nebraska was named to the Best of the Rest list. Connecticut, which plays against OU Dec. 29 in Norman, will be led by WBJ preseason first-team All-American Svetlana Abrosimova.

The Womens Basketball Journal 1999-2000 Preseason Top 25
1. Connecticut
2. Georgia
3. Rutgers
4. UCLA
5. Iowa State
6. Tennessee
7. Louisiana Tech
8. North Carolina
9. Auburn
10. Marquette
11. Old Dominion
12. Illinois
13. Penn State
14. Kansas
15. Oregon
16. Louisiana State
17. N.C. State
18. Arizona
19. Texas
20. UC Santa Barbara
21. Stanford
22. Texas Tech
23. Maine
24. Purdue
25. Notre Dame