Whaley Leads Sooner Women Past Jayhawks, 88-69

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 26, 2000

Feb. 26, 2000


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma women's basketball team handed Kansas an 88-69 loss in Big 12 Conference action Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners' 88 points marked a season high for a KU opponent this season and the most points scored against the Jayhawks since Tennessee recorded 92 in 1999. The victory keeps OU in a three-way tie for first place in the league. OU owned the first period, cruising to a 40-18 halftime lead from which the Jayhawks could never recover. Oklahoma's 22 point halftime lead was the largest against any conference team going into intermission.

The Sooner duo of senior forward Phylesha Whaley and sophomore guard LaNeishea Caufield torched Kansas for 23 and 22 points, respectively. Whaley, who has scored in double digits each game this season, also had a game-high nine rebounds and recorded three assists and three steals. Caufield was solid once again from the free throw line, hitting all nine attempted shots. She was also credited with six boards, four assists and two steals. Sophomore point guard Stacy Dales contributed 14 points, had eight rebounds and dished out four assists.

Oklahoma played suffocating defense on Kansas in the first half, holding the Jayhawks to 25 percent from the field. The Sooners set the tone early, using a 23-4 run to take a 27-8 lead with 6:12 left in the opening half. OU contained Kansas' All-American Lynn Pride, holding her to just 1-of-7 from the field in the first 20 minutes and 10 points for the game.

OU will host Oklahoma State next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in its final regular-season game before the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners move to 22-6 on the year and 12-3 in the Big 12, while Kansas drops to 19-8 and 10-5. The loss marked KU's first back-to-back defeats since last season's road losses to Nebraska and Colorado.



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