By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 30, 1999
Nov. 30, 1999
Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale:
"After playing two tough games in Hawaii, the outcome of this game was good. We started playing how we needed to play to get the win tonight. We really shot our way into a comfort zone."
"I really looked to substitute players to pick up the flow of the game. We really needed to get more minutes out of the bench. I thought that our starting five did a good job in the first and in the second half. I think that versatility is our strength and weakness at this point in the season."
"We look great when we are comfortable at our positions. That is something that our freshmen just aren't used to yet."
Oklahoma Freshman Forward Caton Hill:
"I really wanted my second half against Oral Roberts last night to carry over into this game. I have confidence when I can run and score with the ball. I know when I am playing aggressive, and I saw that tonight. I wasn't surprised with the success that I had."
Tulsa Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller:
"I thought OU played fantastic tonight. They planned on attacking us at any cost. They knew exactly what they wanted to do and they went nine or 10 deep tonight and I knew it was going to be difficult for our team to be able to go back-to-back against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma considering we only play seven players and I think that cost us down the stretch."
"They kept coming in with bigger and stronger players and they tired our post players out. We usually don't give up 93 points, but they just wore us out in the end."
Tulsa Senior Forward Lila Osceola:
"I played against both Shannon Selmon and Sunny Hardeman in high school. I never really had to guard Hardeman that much, but there was definite competition between us out on the court."
Oklahoma Postgame Notes
OU never trailed during the game.
The Sooners have won 18 straight in the series, giving them an 18-1 advantage. The contest marked the first time Sherri Coale has ever faced Tulsa.
Coale's teams have never lost a tournament game held inside OU's Lloyd Noble Center, 4-0. They have also never lost to an in-state team in the month of November.
The Sooners are 9-1 all-time in the Bertha Teague Classic.
The 47 points scored in the first half were the most OU has tallied in the opening half of any game this season. The 33 points given up tied the mark for the most the Sooners have surrendered in the first half in 1999, including tonight this has happened on three occasions.
OU's 93 points are the most they've scored on the season, Coale's teams have only lost one game when scoring above 90, the final game of last season (OU 93, Arkansas 97 OT).
The 23-point margin of victory is OU's largest on the year.
OU is now 30-5 against Western Athletic Conference opponents.
Phylesha Whaley went 6-of-9 from the line. She now owns the school record for free throw attempts in a career with 595.
Whaley played 34 minutes tonight. She now has 3,070 on her career, the total moved her into sixth on the school's all-time list.
OU has not lost a game this season when carrying the lead into the half, 3-0. On the same note, they haven't won a game when behind after the first 20 minutes, 0-2.
When winning the opening tip OU is 3-0, when losing 0-2.
Freshman Caton Hill continued to show improvement as she sat back-to-back career-bests with 12 points last night and 18 points tonight. Along with Hill , Desiree Taylor (6), Sunny Hardeman (14), Shannon Selmon (2), all set season bests.
With nine steals Hill leads the team on the year for steals in a game. She also tied the mark for rebounds in a game with 11, last night she also had 11 boards, and Whaley has turned the trick twice on the year.
Stacey Dales posted nine assists, the most of any Sooner this year. The total was one better than the teams previous high, eight, which Dales dished in last nights game against ORU.
OU's 32 field goals and 6 three pointer were the most they have made on the season in both categories. The field goal percentage .542 is a season best, and the three point percentage, .333 tied the mark OU set when facing Tennessee Tech.
The Sooners 42 rebounds is a season high for the team, the previous best, 39, came against Arizona.
As a team OU also topped season highs in assists with 25 and steals, 17, both bettered the previous bests, which came against ORU.