Jan. 18, 2000

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#25 Oklahoma (13-3, 3-0) at Texas (11-5, 3-1)

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000
Arena:
Frank Erwin Center (16,175)
Radio:
OU - KOMA (1520 AM) - Live 1st half, remaining game live on the internet
Internet:
www.soonersports.com - Live

THE GAME
The 25th-ranked Oklahoma (13-3, 3-0 Big 12) women's basketball team plays its fifth-consecutive team from the state of Texas Wednesday as the Sooners travel to Austin to face the University of Texas (11-5, 3-1 Big 12) at the Frank Erwin Center (16,175). Tipoff is set for at 7 p.m.

Oklahoma is one of only two teams in the Big 12 Conference undefeated, 3-0. Iowa State is 4-0. The Sooners are on a four-game winning streak and have yet to drop a true road game (5-0).

The first half of the OU-Texas women's game will be broadcast live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (flagship KOMA 1520 AM in Oklahoma City) and the second half can be heard live on the internet at www.soonersports.com. Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) will call the action.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Oklahoma puts a four-game winning streak and a five-game road winning streak on the line Wednesday when the Sooners journey to Austin to face Texas at the Frank Erwin Center.

Oklahoma most recently defeated Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech to open the Big 12 Conference schedule at 3-0 for the first time in school history. OU went 3-0 in 1993-94 as a member of the Big Eight Conference.

OU enters Wednesday's game with a better field goal percentage and rebounding margin than its opponents. The Sooners are knocking down 49.8 percent of their shots, which tops the conference and ranks among the nation's top 10. OU also leads the league in rebounding margin with a +11.0 and ranks third in scoring with 80.4 points a game. Both stats rank among the NCAA's best.

Coale and company have accomplished this with their transition game and solid defense.

With the combination of the two, OU has an overall record of 13-3 and records of 8-1 at home, 5-0 on the road and 0-2 on neutral court.

Senior All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) continues to lead a balanced Sooner attack that features four players averaging in double figures. Whaley, who became the school's career record holder in defensive rebounds and minutes played at Baylor, is averaging 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. She has produced seven double- doubles this season and scored in double digits in all 16 games.

Following Whaley is a trio of underclassmen in sophomore guards LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales and freshman forward Caton Hill. Caufield averages 14.1 points and a team-high 2.8 steals per outing. Dales is the team leader in assists with 6.6 and ranks third on the team in scoring with 12.6 ppg. Hill is an all-around contributor as she averages 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and shoots 52.0 percent from the field.

OU has dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 226 offensive rebounds to its opponents' 164. The team also holds the overall advantage in rebounds, 643-475, and steals, 174-156. In Oklahoma's last 13 games, the Sooners boast an overall record of 12-1 with its only loss being against Connecticut.

ABOUT TEXAS
Texas enters the game with an overall record of 11-5 and is 3-1 in Big 12 action. The Longhorns are a perfect 7-0 when playing inside the Frank Erwin Center, 2-5 in true road games and 2-0 on a neutral court.

UT depends on its lone senior guard/forward Edwina Brown, for most of its offensive and defensive production. Brown is a very versatile player who has been selected as one of the top 10 preseason candidates for the 1999-2000 Naismith National Player of the Year honors. She averages a Big 12 best 22.4 points a game, which ranks seventh nationally, and ranks ninth in the conference in rebounds per game with 8.1. Brown also ranks third in the league in assists per game with 5.81.

Also averaging in double figures is freshman Alisha Sare and sophomore Asha Hill with 11.3 and 10.1 points per game.

As a team, Texas is scoring 76.9 points, collecting 44.3 rebounds and shooting 43.0 percentage from the field.

Judy Conradt (Baylor, 1963) is in her 24th season at Texas and 31st season overall as a collegiate head coach. Conradt is the all-time winningest coach in women's collegiate basketball history, registering a 736-226 mark to date. She stands at 619-164 at Texas. Conradt is a Naismith Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member who ranks No. 3 among all active men's and women's coaches in victories with 736.

TEAM COMPARISONS

OVERALL GAMES
OUCATEGORYUT
13-3Records11-5
80.2Points76.9
40.2Rebounds44.3
.498FG%.430
.3223pt. FG%.361
.743FT%.688
19.4Assists15.1
10.9Steals10.4

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYUT
3-0Records3-1
85.3Points75.3
41.3Rebounds46.5
.578FG%.388
.3103pt. FG%.390
.753FT%.667
21.3Assists14.5
10.3STEALS11.0

Oklahoma vs. Texas

Year-by-Year Recap
YearResultSiteMargin
1980L, 66-47Norman-19
1981L, 71-54Austin-17
1982L, 87-78site unknown-9
1986L, 85-59Austin-26
1994L, 84-78Austin-6
1995W, 95-85Norman+10
1997L, 87-69Austin-18
1997L, 76-58Norman-18
1998L, 78-44Austin-34
1998W, 97-84Norman+13
1999L, 81-73Austin-8
1999W, 71-69Norman+2

Texas average marging of victory is 17.4 points, OU's is 8.3.

THE SERIES
This is the 13th meeting between the two schools. Texas leads the series 9-3, including winning all six games played in Austin, Texas.

Texas won the first five meetings, dating back to 1980.

Last year the two teams split the two-game series with each team winning on its home court. OU also won in Norman in 1998, 97-84, and 1995, 95-85.

Probable Starters

Oklahoma
Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.16-1619.48.41st in rebounds
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.16-1610.06.82nd in rebounds
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.16-1614.14.82.8 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.16-1612.65.46.6 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.16-135.12.14.1 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.16-35.03.2
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.15-02.12.7
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.16-09.11.7

Texas

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F24Edwina Brown5-10Sr.16-1622.48.1
F50Dana Godfrey6-0So.16-84.85.8
C44Carla Littleton6-4Jr.16-115.36.6
G20JoRuth Woods5-10Jr.16-169.95.6
G32Asha Hill5-9So.16-1610.13.5

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
G5Alisha Sare5-8Fr.16-111.31.3
F23Tracy Woods6-2So.6-56.37.0
C54Rashunda Johnson6-4So.16-33.43.6
F55Lindsey Ryan6-1Fr.16-44.33.6

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. CU (5-9, 0-3 Big 12) leads the all-time series 31-9.

SOONERS CRACK THE TOP 25
For the first time in four years, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball program is ranked among the NCAA Division I top programs. The Sooners are ranked 25th in the nation according to the Associated Press Poll released Monday.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 13-3, including a 12-1 run in its last 13 games. OU is also one of only two teams in the Big 12 Conference with an undefeated record at 3-0. Oklahoma upset nationally ranked Texas Tech, 82-76, to open league play on Jan. 8.

"This is a great thing for our players," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "It's a reward for how hard they have worked and the commitment they have made to take this program into national prominence. It's a part of that big picture we have been pursuing since day one. The key is sustaining our climb."

"I'm excited and very proud for our team and coaching staff," said Marita Hynes, OU Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator. "Before the season ever started, Coach Coale indicated that this team would be very good and it's just proves to me that she is a master of assessing talent at the NCAA Division I level."

The last time Oklahoma was ranked in the top 25 was on Feb. 28, 1995. The highest national ranking the Sooners have ever received was 11th in 1985-86. That season, OU was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks.

POSTING THE NUMBERS
OU sophomore center Jen Cunningham (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and junior Desiree Taylor (Richardson, Texas) have been essential in the Sooners' early Big 12 success. Cunningham came off the bench against Texas A&M and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and scored nine points (4-of-4 from the field) in only 18 minutes of action. She also had a steal and a blocked shot against the Aggies.

Taylor has played in each game the last two seasons. The power forward is yet to miss a shot in Big 12 play. She has hit all seven attempted shots from the field and is 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Taylor has scored 19 points, dished out six assists, collected three steals and a blocked shot while averaging 16.3 minutes. In non-conference action, she matched her career-high 20 points against Denver and had 10 rebounds against San Diego. Taylor also scored 15 points, had four offensive and four defensive boards and went 9-of-9 from the foul line in 10 minutes of playing time against North Texas.

HOT HANDS
Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference with three players ranked among the league's best in field goal and free throw percentage. In field goal percentage, freshman Jadrea Seeley ranks eighth (54.3%), senior Phylesha Whaley ranks 11th (52.4%) and freshman Caton Hill is 12th (52.0%). At the foul line, Whaley is fifth (83.8%), junior Desiree Taylor ranks seventh (81.0%) and sophomore LaNeishea Caufield is eighth (78.4). In conference games only, Sooners Sunny Hardeman, Hill and Stacey Dales are the only three from the same school to appear on the assists/turnover ratio top 12. Hardeman is fourth (1.83), Hill follows at fifth (1.80) and Dales is seventh (1.67).

LAST TIME OUT
Oklahoma's senior Phylesha Whaley scored a season-best and game-high 28 points en route to leading four Sooners in double-digits scoring as Oklahoma handed Baylor its fourth straight Big 12 Conference loss, 87-66, of the season Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Whaley, who scored 19 of her 28 points before halftime, also recorded her seventh double-double of the year as she pulled down 11 rebounds, nine defensive which gave her the school's all-time record in that category. The Slaton, Texas, native hit 10-of-14 shots from the field and nailed 8-of-9 from the foul line. Freshman Jadrea Seeley came off the bench red hot as she hit all seven attempted shots, including 2-of-2 from the three-point range, for 16 points. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield added 18 points and eight rebounds and Stacey Dales contributed 14 points and seven assists.

The Sooners took early control of the game with a 17-1 run, hitting all eight attempted shots, to push its first half lead to 28-16. However, the Lady Bears trimmed the lead to 34-33, outscoring OU 17-6 before OU took a 43-39 halftime lead. Oklahoma outscored Baylor, 44-27, in the second half for its fourth consecutive win.

Oklahoma dominated the Lady Bears in the paint, scoring 46 points to Baylor's 20. OU also continued its hot shooting as the team recorded a season-best 61.0 percent from the field, hitting 36-of-59 shots. BU shot 35.9 percent from the field.

WHALEY BECOMES SCHOOL'S ALL-TIME LEADER
Senior Phylesha Whaley became Oklahoma's all-time leader in defensive rebounds and minutes played at Baylor last Saturday. The Slaton, Texas, native collected a total of 11 boards, for the second consecutive game, and nine defensive boards to give her the record. The 5-10 forward now has 494 defensive rebounds to her credit.

Whaley also became OU's all-time leader in minutes played with 33 against the Lady Bears.

She is the OU's record holder in six career statistics: free throw made (497), attempted (640), offensive (271) and defensive (494) rebounds, minutes played (3435) and consecutive games started (99).

WHALEY WATCH

CategoryCurrently NeedsTo move, pass
PointsNo. 2, 1811337No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG MadeNo. 3, 63239No. 2, Jacquetta Hurley (1983-86)
228No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG AttemptedNo. 3, 1331103No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
3pt. FG MadeNo. 12, 505No. 11, Sunny Hardeman (1998-P)
3pt. FG AttemptedNo. 12, 14810No. 11, Sunny Hardeman (1998-P)
FT MadeNo. 1, 497XHas record
FT AttemptedNo. 1, 640XHas record (vs. Tulsa, 11-21-99)
ReboundsNo. 5, 76523No. 4, Lynn McCurdy (1983-86)
307No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
Off. ReboundsNo. 1, 271XHas record (vs. Tenn. Tech, 11-19-99)
Def. ReboundsNo. 2, 494XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Games StartedNo. 4, 9911No. 1, Angi Guffy (1992-95)
should tie it at Texas Tech (F19) and break it at Kansas State (F22)
Minutes PlayedNo. 3, 3435XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Consecutive No. 1, 99XHas record (vs. UALR 12-11-99)
Games Started

SHARP SHOOTING SOONERS
Out of the 15 games that Oklahoma has played this season, the sharp shooting Sooners are nailing 49.8 percent of their shots and 58.7 percent in Big 12 games.

In addition, out of the nine players who have seen action in at least 15 games, seven are shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Leading OU in field goal accuracy is sophomore center Jen Cunningham's 65.0. Cunningham has hit 13-of-20 attempted shots, while sophomore forward Shannon Selmon has hit 10-of-18 shots for a field goal percentage of 55.6. Out of the starters, senior Phylesha Whaley is shooting 52.4 percent (120-of-229), followed by freshman Caton Hill's 52.0 (66-of-127) and sophomore LaNeishea Caufield's 51.4 (72-of-140).

DALES LEADS THE LEAGUE
Sophomore Stacey Dales is currently the Big 12 Conference leader in assists and boasts the league's second best assists/turnover ratio. The Brockville, Ontario, Canada native dishes out 6.62 assists a game and owns an 1.80 assists/turnover ratio. Texas Tech's Melinda Pharies' 2.03 assists/turnover ratio tops the conference.

In conference games only, Dales also tops the league in assists with 6.67 a game.

WHALEY LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
Senior forward Phylesha Whaley was one of five players selected to the 1999-2000 Preseason All-Big 12 Conference team. The Slaton, Texas, native is living up to the all-conference and preseason All-America praise as she ranks among the league's best in six different categories. She is tied with Iowa State's Stacy Frese for the most individual categories to be ranked in.

OFF AND RUNNING
With three straight Big 12 Conference wins, Oklahoma is off to its best conference start since 1993-94 and the best overall start, 13-3, since the 1986-87 squad rushed out to a 15-3 mark.

KEYS TO SOONERS SUCCESS
OU is 13-0 when leading at halftime, when outrebounding its opponents in overall boards and defensive boards.

The Sooners are 12-0 when shooting 50 percent-or-better from the field and when attempting more free throws and dishing out more assists.

Bench play is a key, too, as Oklahoma is 9-0 when its reserves outscores the opponents' subs.

SOONERS AMONG THE NATION'S ELITE
In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team was ranked 17th in the country.

Only Texas Tech (9th) from the Big 12 Conference ranks higher than the Sooners. Oklahoma also has a higher RPI than nine teams in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll (Louisiana Tech, 18, Auburn, 34, North Carolina, 68, Iowa State, 26, Arizona, 23, UCLA, 33, Mississippi State, 36, Kansas, 43, Tulane, 28).

The Ranking Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is derived from three component factors: Division I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%). Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculation of the RPI.

YOUTH IS STILL A FACTOR FOR THE SOONERS
Out of the nine players that consistently see action for Head Coach Sherri Coale, six are undersclassmen. OU has senior leadership in All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley but aside from that the Sooners depend on four underclassmen, two sophomores and two freshmen, to lead the team. Sixty-three percent of OU's offense (points) and 60 percent of the Sooners' defense (rebounds) comes from the freshmen or sophomore class.

INJURY REPORT
OU is injury free heading into Wednesday's game.

10,713 RECORD SETTING NUMBER
The 10,713 fans who filled the Lloyd Noble Center on Dec. 29 to watch Oklahoma challenge No. 1 Connecticut were part of numerous record setting figures. That mark surpassed OU's previous arena record of 6,250 (vs. Texas A&M, 1996-97) and was the largest to ever witness a women's basketball game in the state of Oklahoma.

In addition, that game was the 13th largest crowd in history to see a Big 12 team play. It was also the 14th highest attended women's basketball game this season according to unofficial home attendance statistics complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office.

DALES A CONSISTENT THREAT FOR OPPONENTS
Sophomore point guard Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) used her redshirt freshman season to improve every aspect of her game and the women's basketball program is the beneficiary. Dales continues to be the floor general and emotional leader for the Sooners.

Dales has already had numerous solid all-around performances this season. Most recently was a 15 point, 4 rebound and 8 assist performance against Texas Tech.

She has scored in double digits nine times, including the last five outings.

In Dales' performance at TCU, she produced 23 points, hitting 9-of-13 shots and nailing 4-of-6 three pointers. She tied her career best for most made threes with four. Dales also added two rebounds and had four assists vs. TCU. In addition, Dales has had at least five assists in all but one game this season, including a career-high 11 against San Diego on Dec. 21.

DID YOU KNOW?
Oklahoma has recorded two margins of victory this season that rank among the school's all-time best. OU's 45-point margin of victory against San Diego ranks ninth and Oklahoma's 37-point margin of victory over Sam Houston State ranks 15th all-time for OU.

BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE DOUBLES
In the Bertha Teague Classic, freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) produced back-to-back double-double performances. The power forward had 12 points and 11 rebounds against Oral Roberts, followed by career-bests 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Tulsa.

Hill's double-double performances earned her a spot on the Bertha Teague Classic All-Tournament team.

Stacey Dales was the last Sooner to produce back-to-back double doubles. Dales accomplished it a year ago against Texas (J23) and Texas Tech (J27). Against the Longhorns, Dales had 21 points and 12 rebounds and vs. Texas Tech she scored 17 points and had 10 boards.