March 1, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. -- - Oklahoma's Stacey Dales has been selected to receive the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Robin Roberts/WBCA Sports Communication Scholarship Award, provided by the Women's Institute of Sports Education (WISE).

"Stacey is an outstanding student-athlete and is very deserving of the Robin Roberts/WBCA Sports Communication Scholarship," said WBCA Chief Executive Officer Beth Bass. "She is a natural public speaker and I believe she will do very well. On behalf of the WBCA membership I want to congratulate Stacey and wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

Dales will receive the award at the Salute to the Champions Awards Lunch, Saturday, March 30, at 12 noon at the Marriott Rivercenter Grand Ballroom. The Salute to the Champions Lunch is a program of the 2002 WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

The $1,000 Robin Roberts/WBCA Communications Scholarship Award is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue graduate work and a career in sports communication/journalism.

The 6-0 Canadian recently was named the Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and led the fifth-ranked Sooners to their third straight Big 12 title. Dales became the Big 12 all-time assist leader earlier this season. The 2001 Kodak and Academic All-American has a 3.73 GPA in communications and plans to have a career in television.

Dales, a Naismith Player of the Year finalist, averages a solid 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game and shoots 46.8 percent from the field. In Big 12 Conference games, Dales sports a team-best 17.5 ppg and hits 85.1 percent of her free throws.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls.