Feb. 1, 2002
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OKLAHOMA KICKS OFF THREE-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST KANSAS SATURDAY
Saturday's game against Kansas (5-17, 0-9 Big 12) kicks off a three-game homestand for the fourth-ranked Oklahoma (17-2, 6-1 Big 12) women's basketball team. OU will face the Jayhawks on Feb. 2, in a FOX Sports televised game. Bill Land (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) will team up to bring you Big 12 women's basketball action at Lloyd Noble Center at 1 p.m.
OU fans may also listen to the broadcast by tuning to KOMA-AM (1520) where Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the Sooner radio network. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.
The Sooners will play five of their last eight conference games at home. OU is currently on a three-game winning streak, while KU has lost all nine league match ups. This will be the only meeting between the two teams during regular season action this season.
SERIES RECORD - KU LEADS 27-17
Saturday will be the 45th meeting between Oklahoma and Kansas. KU leads the all-time series 27-17 but Oklahoma has won the last three games. The OU-KU series dates back to 1976 and is the second longest series for OU in Big 12 play. Oklahoma is 1-2 when playing overtime games against Kansas.
Oklahoma defeated Kansas twice last year. OU handed the Jayhawks an 88-64 loss in Lawrence, Sherri Coale's first win at Allen Fieldhouse, last year. The Sooners also eliminated KU in the quarter finals of the 2001 Big 12 Tournament, 80-61, in Kansas City.
OKLAHOMA (17-2, 7-1 BIG 12)
OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) have been the Sooners offensive and defensive unit this season. Each average more than 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Caufield ranks fourth the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 19.3 points per game, third in free throw percentage, shooting 88.5% and steals with 2.47 per outing. Caufield, a first-team All-Big 12 selection a year ago, has been the top scorer for the Sooners in 12 of the team's 19 games. She's an all-around player who can play all five positions without missing a beat and is one of the league's best defenders.
Dales, 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year and Kodak All-American, quarterbacks the Oklahoma offensive as she averages a team-high 4.79 assists per game, sixth best in the league. One of the most versatile players on the team and in the Big 12, Dales is effective on both ends of the court as she averages 15.7 ppg and 4.7 rebounds.
Ross is a clutch three-point shooter as she averages more than two treys a game. She ranks sixth in the conference in treys made per game and 22nd in scoring, with 12.3 points per game. Despite not having an ACL, Ross has great mobility and is one of the team's top defenders.
Hill ranks fifth in the Big 12 Conference but leads OU in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 25-of-56 treys (44.6%). She's a double double waiting to happen. Playing for the USA Basketball's World University Games last summer allowed Hill to add numerous weapons to her offensive game. She's already matched the school record for most double doubles with 25. Hill posted double 10's (points, rebounds) at Texas A&M to tie Phylesha Whaley's record. Hill ranks ninth in the league in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game, 13th in free throw percentage (79.2%) and 18th in scoring at 12.7 ppg. The 6-1 post player seems to step up to the challenge defensively when facing a bigger front line. Against Colorado, she grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds against Colorado, vs. Texas Tech and Texas A&M she had 10 boards and ripped down 11 at Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.), OU's fifth starter, may not be a flashy player but she's an effective and consistent contributor to the Sooners success this season. Talbert averages 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 55.8 percent of her shots and 11th in offensive rebounds with 2.42 per game.
Freshman Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo.) brings a claim but sudden presents to the court as OU's top reserve. The Sooners don't lose a thing when Jackson's on the floor. She's one of the team's top rebounders at 5.0 boards per game. Jackson is also effective offensively, contributing 6.4 points and 3.26 assists per outing. She is a solid defensive player who's not afraid to guard the opponent's top perimeter shooter.
As a team, Oklahoma shoots 45.9 percent from the field, 73.1 percent from the foul line and 34.8 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 39.9-to-35.5, and dished out 317-246 more assists.
KANSAS (5-17, 0-9 BIG 12)
Kansas is having a difficult season as the Jayhawks have lost a school record nine consecutive games. Prior to last season, KU had never lost more than five games in the Big 12. The Jayhawks went 5-11 in 2000-2001. With 17 losses, Kansas has tied the most defeats in Jayhawk history.
Seniors KC Hilgenkamp and Selena Scott leads the Jayhawks with 12.5 and 11.3 points per game, respectively. The duo have been KU's top scorers and assists leader in 16-of-22 games this season. Senior Kristin Geoffroy averages a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game and is the third leading scorer at 7.4 ppg. Kansas is 0-5 against top 25 teams this season and 0-4 against ranked foes on the road.
As a team, Kansas shoots 40.2 percent from the field, 60.9 percent from the foul line and 28.9 percent from the arc. The Jayhawks are getting out rebounded 40.5 to 35.3.
KU is coached by Marian Washington (West Chester State, 1970) who is in her 29th year at the helm of the Jayhawk's women's basketball program. She sports an overall and KU record of 540-321. Washington ranks 15th among winningest women's active collegiate coaches with 540 victories. The West Chester, Pa., native has coached 860 games, ranking her sixth on the NCAA active coaching longevity most games coached list. She also sixth on the NCAA active coaching longevity most season coached list at 29.
UP NEXT FOR THE SOONERS
Oklahoma welcomes Baylor (17-3, 5-3) and Texas A&M (10-10, 2-6) to the Lloyd Noble Center next week. The Sooners will face Baylor on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. game against Texas A&M on Saturday, Feb. 9.
HOME STREAK ON THE LINE
Oklahoma currently owns the fifth best home winning steak in the NCAA of 16 games. The Sooners have not lost a game inside the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79). Notre Dame (48), Connecticut (43), Purdue (22) and Holy Cross (18) holds the top four spots.
COALE CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Sherri Coale is just two wins shy of her 100th career victory and her 50th Big 12 Conference win as Oklahoma women's basketball head coach. Coale's six-year record at OU is 98-71 and conference mark is 48-40.
She will become the first coach in OU history to win 50 conference games and one of only two coaches to win 100-plus games. Former Sooner coach Maura McHugh achieved this milestone while coaching at OU during the 1980s (1981-87, 7 yrs.). McHugh produced an overall record of 142-70 (.670 winning percentage). She is currently the head coach the Sacramento Monarchs of WNBA.
DALES TAKES OVER
Senior guard Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) scored a career-high 29 points against Oklahoma State on Jan. 29 in Stillwater. Dales' previous best was 28 points established at Baylor (2001) and at Texas Tech (2000). The 6-0 point guard connected on a season-best 11-of-22 shots from the field and hit all five attempted free throws. She also grabbed seven rebounds, five offensive, in 37 minutes of play. OU came from behind to win 66-58.
AT 5-9 CAUFIELD IS DANGEROUS IN THE PAINT
Naismith Player of the Year candidate LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) has scored 61.0 percent of her points in the paint this season. The 5-9 guard isn't shy about mixing it up with opponent's post players. She has scored 367 points this season, 100 from the free throw line, and 162 points have come in the paint or off layups.
A PERFECT K-10
With 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M on Jan. 26, junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) matched Oklahoma's all-time school record of 25 double doubles. She tied former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley's (1997-2000) mark. Hill has produced a team-high five double doubles this season to tied for fifth in the Big 12 Conference for most DD. Four of Hill's double doubles have been against Big 12 opponents, three on the road.
As Oklahoma's offense got rolling in the second half so did the Sooners defense. In the final 20 minutes at Texas A&M (Jan. 26) the Aggies were only able to connect on four field goals and make three free throws en route to scoring just 11 points. TAM's 11 points marked an Oklahoma school record for fewest points allowed in a half. The previous record was held by Tulsa (1985) and San Diego (1999) who only scored 12 points against the Sooners.
The Sooners also held the Aggies to their second worst offensive production in program history of 40 points.
For the first time in 13 games, Oklahoma's bench contributed better than 20 percent of the team's total points. Sooner subs scored 17 of OU's 72 points at Texas A&M. They were led by freshman Dionnah Jackson's six points. Shannon Selmon and Kate Scott added three, while freshmen Lindsey Casey and Lauren Shoush scored two points. Stephanie Luce added one point. The last time OU's bench contributed 20% or more was against Butler, then they accounted for 23%. Their season high is 29 percent against Oral Roberts.
Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has six players averaging 4.6 or more rebounds per game. Five players average better than 5.0 boards a game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.3 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross' 5.4, LaNeishea Caufield's 5.2 and Jamie Talbert's 5.3 rpg. Freshman Dionnah Jackson ranks fifth on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. Senior Stacey Dales averages 4.7 rpg.
Baylor has five players averaging 4.5-or-more rebounds per game.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 470 points off their opponent's turnovers. Only 298 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's TOs. Thirty-one percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 460 turnovers to its 363.
DOMINANCE DOWN LOW
Even thought Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 42.4 percent of their points in paint. Oklahoma has registered 638 of its 1504 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents has only scored 350 points within this area.
THE SILENT KILLER
Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has become Oklahoma's silent killer for its opponents. The Wisconsin native has nailed 40 treys this season, ranking 15th on OU's single season chart. She also nailed 90 career treys for seventh best on OU's all-time list. Ross averages 2.17 treys per game and connected on a career-high six threes to open the season against No. 9 Purdue. She also hit five threes against No. 12 Baylor on Jan. 12.
For the season, she ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 12.3 points and second in rebounds with 5.4 boards per game. The 5-9 guard has scored 20-plus points in four games.