Oklahoma Set For Part II Of Bedlam In Stillwater

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 28, 2002

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Jan. 28, 2002

Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
At Oklahoma State
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 at 7 P.M.
Gallagher-Iba Arena
Stillwater, Okla.

SoonerSports Network
KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

Tuesday's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be the fifth of the 2001-02 all-sports Bedlam Battle. Currently OSU leads the Bedlam series, 4.0 to 2.0. With a win, the Sooner women will remain in possession of the Bedlam trophy for another year. Oklahoma defeated the Cowgirls, 65-48, in Norman, on Jan. 9.

Since its first meeting, OU has gone 3-1 in league play, while OSU has earned a 2-4 record against conference teams. However, the Cowgirls did upset then No. 9 Kansas State, 68-60, in Stillwater on Jan. 19. OU and Kansas State sit at the top of the Big 12 standings with just one loss each.

The Sooners and Cowgirls are set to tip off at 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. This game will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network (KSBI Channel 52 OKC (Cox Channel 9), KWBT Channel 19 Tulsa, KSWO Channel 7 Lawton, KOMI Channel 24 Woodward). Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (color) will call the action.

Sooner 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 OU radio network. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.

Oklahoma looks to even the all-time series record with Oklahoma State Tuesday. The Cowgirls own a slim 34-33 all-time series advantage over the Sooners but Oklahoma has swept the two-game series the last two years. OU also won the first meeting between the two teams, 65-48, earlier this year (Jan. 9) in Norman and has also won seven of its last eight games against the Cowgirls. However, Oklahoma State sports an 16-12 record when playing OU in Stillwater.

The OU-OSU series record dates back to 1975 and is the longest series in OU's Big 12/Big Eight history. (year-by-year series record located on page 4 of this release)

OKLAHOMA (16-2, 6-1 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 4.6 rebounds per game.

Caufield ranks second the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 19.9 points per game, fourth in free throw percentage, shooting 88.1% (96-of-109) and steals with 2.61 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 18 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 4.94 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 14.9 ppg and 4.6 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 21st in scoring, with 12.4 points per game. Despite not having an ACL, Ross has great mobility and is one of the team's top defenders.

Hill ranks second Big 12 Conference but leads OU in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 25-of-52 treys (48.1%). 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 10th in the league in rebounding with 7.1 boards per game, 13th in field goal percentage (49.2%) and free throw percentage (78.4%) and 17th in scoring at 13.3 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.

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 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks third in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 56.0 percent of her shots and 11th in offensive rebounds with 2.50 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 4.9 boards per game. Jackson is also effective offensively, contributing 6.2 points and 3.33 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 46.4 percent from the field, 72.2 percent from the foul line and 35.6 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 40.0-to-35.6, and dished out 310-233 more assists.

OKLAHOMA STATE (11-9, 3-4 BIG 12)
Oklahoma State's two Big 12 Conference wins have come in Stillwater. The Cowgirls defeated Missouri, 73-57, on Jan. 6 and nationally-ranked Kansas State, 68-60, on Jan. 19. OSU sits at No. 7 in the league.

Trisha Skibbe and Tari Cummings lead the Cowgirls in scoring and rebounding. Offensively, Skibbe boasts a team-best 15.3 points followed by Cummings' 13.2 points per game. Skibbe also leads the team with 6.4 rebounds while Cummings follows closely with 6.3 rpg. OSU shoots 40.8 percent from the field, 74.5 percent from the foul line and 31.6 percent from the arc. The Cowgirls have also out rebounded their opponents, 35.5-to-33.8.

Like OU, Oklahoma State opened its season with victories over ORU, 83-52, and Tulsa, 70-58, in the Bertha Teague Classic. OSU suffered its first loss of the year to Wichita State, 71-66. The Cowgirls also lost to Penn State, Hawaii, Arkansas and George Washington in non-conference action.

OSU is coached by Dick Halterman (Northeast Missouri State, 1974) who is in his 19th year at the helm of the Cowgirl's women's basketball program. He sports an overall record of 329-224 and has guided nine teams to post season appearances in the last 13 years, including seven NCAA bids. Halterman has been voted conference coach of the year twice in the Big Eight and was named the District V Coach of the Year in 1991. He has also coached two conference All-Stars teams abroad with the most recent being in 1999.

Following Tuesday's game, Oklahoma returns to the Lloyd Noble Center for a three-game homestand, its longest homestand of the year. The Sooners will face Kansas (5-16, 0-8) first on Saturday, Feb. 2, followed by Baylor (16-3, 4-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Texas A&M (10-9, 2-5) on Feb. 9.

Sherri Coale is just three 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 97-71 and conference mark is 47-40.

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.

With 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M Saturday, 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.

Texas A&M's 11 points in the second half Saturday marked an Oklahoma school record for fewest points allowed in a half. The previous record was held by Tulsa who only scored 12 points against the Sooners in 1985.

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.

Ada, Oklahoma, natives LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill ranks second the Big 12 Conference in scoring and three-point field goal percentage, respectively. Caufield, a senior, averages 19.9 points per game and has scored 15-plus points in the 13 of the last 14 outings. She has also surpassed the 20-point mark nine times, including five straight.

Hill, a junior, sports the league's best three-point field goal accuracy of 48.1 percent. OU's power forward has hit 25-of-52 attempted treys this season. She also averages 13.3 ppg and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per outing. At Iowa State (Jan. 15), she matched a season-best of three made three-pointers. A year ago, she nailed a career-best four threes at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 447 points off their opponent's turnovers. Only 284 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 426 turnovers to its 343.

Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has become Oklahoma's silent killer for its opponents. The Wisconsin native has nailed 39 treys this season and 89 for her career to rank seventh 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 12.4 points and second in rebounds with 5.4 boards per game. The 5-9 guard has scored 20-plus points in four games.

Oklahoma's senior All-Americans Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and junior All-Big 12 second teamer Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) account for 60.0 percent of Oklahoma's scoring this season.

Against Iowa State, the trio combined for a career-high 80 percent of the team's points. They scored 53 of the team's 66 points. In 10 of the last 13 games, Dales, Caufield and Hill have accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's total points. The trio also combined for 70 percent of the team's 82 points at Baylor and accounted for 69 percent of the team's points twice this season.

The 2001 academic fall semester brought great success to the Oklahoma women's basketball team as the program earned a 3.44 grade point average, its best ever. Three Sooners established a perfect 4.0 grade point average (Theresa Schuknecht, Kate Scott and Lauren Shoush) for the fall semester, while six student-athletes earned a 3.5 or better GPA (Lindsey Casey, Jen Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Stephanie Luce, Shannon Selmon and Stephanie Simon).



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