NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma is off to a 1-2 start after finishing the Hawaiian Regent Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a three-way tie for second place. OU lost its opening game of the season to No. 24 Arizona, 75-59, before snapping Hawaii's perfect 7-0 mark in its own tournament over the past three years. In Oklahoma's final game of the classic, the Sooners lost to Tennessee Tech, 74-64.
With 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) leads Oklahoma in both categories. Sophomore guard LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is second in both scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) but leads the team in steals with 3.3 per game. Fellow teammate Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), a sophomore, leads the team in assists (5.7 aps), ranks second in steals (3.0 spg) and is third in scoring (9.7 ppg).
OU had three different players to lead the team in scoring in Honolulu. Dales scored 19 points against Arizona while Caufield and Whaley recorded 16 points each vs. Hawaii. Whaley also racked up 26 points against Tennessee Tech. In addition, she was the team leader in rebounds two of the three games and was the only Sooner to be named to the Hawaiian Regent All-Tournament team.
As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 63.3 points and 37.7 rebounds per game. The Sooners opened the season shooting 35.9 percent from the field, 23.9 from three-point land and 70.7 percent from the charity stripe. OU has crashed the offensive glass pulling down 53 offensive boards to its opponents 35. The team also holds the edge in steals, 30-23.
Arena: Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM)
BERTHA TEAGUE CLASSIC
Sun., Nov. 28 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa 6 pm Oklahoma vs. Oral Roberts 8 pm Mon., Nov. 29 Oklahoma State vs. Oral Roberts 6 pm Oklahoma vs. Tulsa 8 pm
Pos. No. Players Ht. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG F 34 Phylesha Whaley 5-10 Sr. 3-3 19.7 9.7 F 10 Caton Hill 6-1 Fr. 3-3 7.7 5.0 C 00 Desiree Taylor 6-1 Jr. 3-3 0.0 1.7 G 20 LaNeishea Caufield 5-9 So. 3-3 12.0 6.3 G 21 Stacey Dales 6-0 So. 3-3 9.7 5.3
Pos. No. Players Ht. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG F 22 Christina Kelley 5-11 Jr. 2-2 5.0 3.5 F 44 Barbora Jandova 6-4 Sr. 2-2 5.0 5.5 C 31 Rauna Barrett 6-1 Sr. 2-2 4.5 8.0 G 11 Krista Ragan 5-7 So. 2-2 25.0 3.5 G 13 Lauryn Morita 5-7 So. 2-2 2.0 2.5
Pos. No. Players Ht. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG F 23 Denise Wagner 6-1 Jr. 2-2 6.0 2.5 F 33 Lila Osceola 5-10 Sr. 2-2 14.0 6.0 C 25 Carla Morrow 6-0 So. 2-2 5.0 5.5 G 13 Kasie Pittman 5-8 Sr. 2-2 14.5 6.5 G 12 Tammy Goyne 5-2 Sr. 2-2 7.5 2.5
Pos. No. Players Ht. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG F 22 Kara Faulk 5-11 So. 3-3 9.0 7.7 F 11 Tari Cummings 5-10 Jr. 3-3 17.3 9.0 C 12 Jessica Bates 6-2 So. 3-1 3.7 2.3 G 34 Jennifer Crow 5-9 Sr. 3-3 16.3 7.0 G 32 Chantoya Hawkins 5-5 Fr. 3-2 4.0 4.0
Oklahoma is 16-6 in its home season openers. The Sooners' defeated TCU, 78-66, in last year's opener at the Lloyd Noble Center.
MOVING ON UP
Senior Phylesha Whaley became Oklahoma's all-time leader in offensive rebounds against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 21. The Slaton, Texas native has cleaned the offensive glass 18 times this season pushing her all time total to 234 offensive rebounds. Whaley also moved to No. 3 on the school's all-time scoring chart with 59 points at the Hawaiian Regent Classis last week. The power forward owns 1,560 career points.
Against ORU, Whaley could become OU's career leader in most free throws attempted. She has 582 to her credit and only need seven attempts for the school record.
Whaley has currently appeared in 86 starting lineups for the Sooners. If she remains healthy, Whaley will set the school record for most consecutive games started against Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 11 at the Lloyd Noble Center. She will tie the mark at TCU on December 7.
In addition, Whaley will tie the school record for most games started on Feb. 19 when the Sooners play at Texas Tech on ESPN2 in Lubbock, Texas. She will set the record in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State on Feb. 22.
Sophomore Stacey Dales and two other OU athletes, Tim Haskett and Jessica Volcansek, have been selected as Bank of America Community Champions, and are finialists for the Community Champion of the Year Award. These student-athletes' selection was based on their accomplishments in Big 12 Conference athletics and in the community. In recognition of excellence, Bank of America contributed $3,000 to Oklahoma's general scholarship fund.
WHALEY TABBED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Senior Phylesha Whaley was named to the Women's Basketball Journal (WBJ) Preseason All-American honorable mention team in September. The 5-10 forward has been the leading scorer for the Sooners for the past three years and the top rebounder for the last two seasons. She poured in a career-, school- and Bud Walton Arena-record 40 points against Arkansas in the second round of the 1999 WNIT.
"This is an amazing honor for me," said Whaley. "It's a privilege to be considered in the same field as some of the top players in the nation. I also know if it weren't for my teammates and coaches this wouldn't be possible."
Whaley, who was Head Coach Sherri Coale's first collegiate recruit, currently ranks among the school's all-time best in 17 categories. She became the 14th player in women's basketball history to record 1,000 points. She surpassed that milestone on Nov. 29, 1998, against Coppin State at the Cancun Invitational. She's a three-time All-Big 12 selection and has averaged more than 18 points and seven rebounds per game during her career at OU.
"I'm extremely excited for Phylesha," said Coale. "This is a tremendous individual honor as well as a reflection on our team and program at Oklahoma. She has had an outstanding career at OU so far and I expect her senior season to be stellar as well."
SOONERS FINISH 2-0 IN EXHIBITIONS
Oklahoma completed a perfect 2-0 exhibition slate this year with a 91-52 win over Norrkoping Proderm of Sweden on Nov. 8 and a 83-69 victory over Club Gija Marijampole of Lithuania on Nov. 13.
Four players averaged double figures in scoring. Phlyesha Whaley scored a 17.5 clip followed by LaNeishea Caufield (16.5), Stacey Dales (11.0) and Jadrea Seeley (11.0).
Standouts Phylesha Whaley, Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield were among an elite group of players selected to participate in organized basketball tours, tournaments and trials last summer.
Whaley was one of only 12 players named to the Big 12 All-Stars team that toured Europe last August. The team competed in six games, accumulating a record of 5-1 behind Whaley's team-leading 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Dales gained valuable experience by playing on the Canadian National team that won a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in August. The Brockville, Ontario, native averaged 4.6 points, 2.7 assists and 19.4 minutes per game, coming off the bench for the Canadians.
Caufield was invited to try out for the USA Women's Basketball World University Games squad. She was one of 43 players asked to showcase her talent during the six-day trial in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition to trying out for the 12-member squad, Caufield participated in five seminars that focused on life skills covering various subjects including life after basketball and setting career goals. The 5-9 guard participated in five practice sessions, a three-on-three tournament and a four-team round robin tournament.
When Head Coach Sherri Coale signed Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.), Jadrea Seeley (Bethel, Okla.) and Emily Britt (Gransbury, Texas) to national letters of intent last November she knew about their talent but wasn't exactly sure of how soon the trio would be contributors to the Sooner program.
Coale's question was answered last week as each player played at the Hawaiian Regent Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. In their first collegiate games, Hill averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds, while Seeley produced 8.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Britt only appeared in one game last week. Both Seeley and Hill shot 44.0 percent (11-25) from the field. Hill also pocketed four steals.
Hill ended her prep career at Ada High School averaging 24.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She was a two-time MVP of the Bertha Teague Classic and All-State selection.
Seeley, a USA Today All-American selection, became the first player in Oklahoma to score 2,000 points in the five-on-five format. She averaged 21.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior at Bethel High. Seeley also was a three-time Coaches Association MVP, an Oklahoma Blue-Chip selection and Pott County MVP.
Britt joins the Sooners as a two-time All-State selection and Dallas Morning News first teamer.
REUNITED ONCE AGAIN
Appearing on Oklahoma's roster and among the Sooners' starting five are two natives of Ada, Okla. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill renew their days as teammates as the duo played high school basketball together for one season at Ada High School. Hill joined the Ada program following her sophomore year at Lansing High in Kansas. The two teamed up to produced a 27-1 record in 1997-98.
The Oklahoma women's basketball team is healthy heading into the Bertha Teague Classic.
The Oklahoma women's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the 1999-2000 Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches and Big 12 Media polls.
Oklahoma's sixth-place predictionis its highest ever under Head Coach Sherri Coale. OU, who returns all five starters, was one of nine Big 12 teams that participated in postseason action a year ago.
Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Iowa State (11) 121 2. Kansas 102 3. Nebraska 92 4. Texas (1) 90 5. Texas Tech 83 6. Oklahoma 74 7. Kansas State 59 8. Colorado 54 9. Missouri 49 10. Oklahoma State 31 11. Baylor 19 12. Texas A&M 18
DID YOU KNOW?
- Oklahoma is 16-6 in home season openers.
- Senior Phylesha Whaley has been the team's leading scorer each year of her collegiate career and the team's leading rebounder for the last two seasons.
- Assistant Coach Bo Overton was Oklahoma's High School Player of the Year in 1979.
- Sherri Coale became the eighth head women's basketball coach in Oklahoma history on April 8, 1996.
- Senior Phylesha Whaley is the only Sooner in women's basketball history to score 40 points in a single game. She is one of only 19 basketball players at OU, male or female, to reach this milestone.
- When LaNeishea Caufield unleashed a career-high 32 points against Missouri in last year's final regular season game, she became one of only four freshmen to ever score more than 30 points in a single game.
- Stacey Dales wants to be a regular on the Saturday Night Live Show.
- Assistant Coach Kristi Hayes and husband, Jonathan, are expecting their first child in May.
- Jennifer Cunningham has torn her ACL in the same knee twice (left knee).
- Oklahoma has four current players who rank among the school's all-time best: Phylesha Whaley, LaNeishea Caufield, Stacey Dales and Sunny Hardeman. (See page seven for chart chasers)
- Shannon Selmon leads the team's weekly Bible study.
- Stacey Dales is the only Oklahoma women's basketball player to have ever played in the Pan Am games for her country.
- Stacey Dales and Jennifer Cunningham played on three-time Ontario Provincial team in Canada that either won a gold or silver medal at nationals.
- Junior Sunny Hardeman and sophomore Shannon Selmon will face their former Norman High teammate, Stacy Hansmeyer of Connecticut (D29) and Lila Osceola of Tulsa (N29), for the first time since high school.
- LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill played on the same high school team (Ada).
- LaNeishea Caufield became the first OU player to earn Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-America honors. She's also one of only two players to be selected to the Women's Basketball News Service Freshman All-America team.
- Freshman Jadrea Seeley became the first high school girl basketball player to ever score 2,000 points in the five-on-five format.
- Shannon Selmon listed the "Selmon Brothers" as her favorite athletes. Making up the Selmon brothers are her father, Dewey, and uncles Lee Roy and Lucious Selmon. The trio played football for Oklahoma in the 1970s.
- Assistant Coach Jan Ross was Sherri Coale's maid of honor at her wedding.