Feb. 21, 2002

Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma women's basketball players, Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.), have recently been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VI Team, chosen by the district's members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Dales and Hill has guided OU to a current national ranking of No. 3, an overall record of 22-3 and a 12-2 Big 12 mark heading into Saturday's game at Missouri. With the Sooners' 81-47 victory over Nebraska on Feb. 16, OU clinch a share of its third straight Big 12 regular season title.

Dales, who has a 3.73 grade-point average in communications, tops the team and ranks fifth in the league in assists with 5.0 per game. The senior also ranks second on the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game, fourth in steals (1.6) and fifth in rebounds (5.0). This is Dales' second consecutive Verizon Academic All-District VI honor. She was named second team Academic All-American in 2001, becoming OU's first female basketball player to ever earn academic and athletic All-American honors in the same season.

This is Hill's first Verizon Academic All-District honor. She is the team leader in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game while maintaining a 3.62 GPA in zoology. The junior surpassed the 1,000-point mark this season and tied OU's all-time record for most career double-doubles with 25. She also averages 12.8 ppg.

Both student-athletes advance to the national ballot and that team will be released on March 8.

To qualify, an individual needs to be nominated by a school's sports information office and have a 3.20 GPA while either serving as a starter or as a significant reserve. The student-athlete must also be at least a sophomore in eligibility and have completed at least one year at the institution.