Feb. 11, 2000

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#17/22 Oklahoma (19-4, 9-1)
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Oklahoma State (12-10, 4-6)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000
Arena:
Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,381)
Radio:
KNOR (1400 AM) & KOKC (1490 AM) - Live
Internet:
www.soonersports.com - Live
TV:
FoxSports Network

THE GAME
No. 17/22 Oklahoma (19-4 overall, 9-1 Big 12) travels to arch rival Oklahoma State (12-10, 4-6) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. The game will be the first of a two-game series between the two teams this year. The next meeting is March 1 in Norman.

The game will be broadcast on KNOR (1400 AM) and KOKC (1490 AM) radio stations due to scheduling conflicts with KOMA. Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) will call the action. The contest will also be televised by Fox Sports Network. Bill Land and former Sooner Elissa Walker-Campbell will announce.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
After having the second longest winning streak in school history snapped Tuesday night against No. 8 Iowa State, Oklahoma looks to rebound with a win in Stillwater Saturday. The Sooners face arch rival Oklahoma State in the first of a two-game Bedlam battle that's air on FoxSports Network starting at 1 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

With a season-low 30.9 (21-68) field goal percentage, Oklahoma was handed a 71-59 loss by ISU in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones picked up their 26th home win in front of 10,999 fans.

The Sooners were allowed only 25 points in the opening 20 minutes, tying a season low. OU fought back in the second half cutting the 16-point deficit to six with 11:54 remaining. However, three consecutive three-pointers by Megan Taylor and a surprising trey by Desiree Francis ended the Sooners' run. Taylor led all scores with 25 points, followed by Francis' 15, Angie Welle's 12 and Tracy Gahan's 11 points. OU was paced by sophomore point guard Stacey Dales with 18 points and five assists. Senior Phylesha Whaley finished with 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. She also had two assists and two steals to her credit. Junior guard Sunny Hardeman ended the evening with 11 points, her third game of scoring in double digits. Most impressive she held ISU's All-American Stacey Frese to just eight points and one rebound, marking Frese's second lowest offensive performance of the season.

Oklahoma outrebounded ISU, 44-37, including 19 offensive boards to Iowa State's seven. The Cyclones forced OU to turn the ball over 10 times in first half but the Sooners took care of business after halftime ending the game with only 14 turnovers. ISU commited 11.

Oklahoma is tied for first place in the Big 12 Conference, with Iowa State, with a 9-1 record. The Sooners have won 18 of their last 20 games.

LEADING THE SOONERS
Senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) has been OU's leading scorer in 14 of the team's 23 games, including five of the last six outings against Big 12 schools. Whaley promotes her worthiness of All-America honors with her 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. She has unleashed 20-plus points against 12 teams and recorded double-digit scoring in all 23 games this season.

Whaley's supporting cast includes sophomore sensations LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales. Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is good for 14.3 points and a team-best 3.0 steals per game, while Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) adds a team- and Big 12 Conference-best 6.32 assists and 12.3 points per try.

Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one of the top newcomers in the league and probably the most consistent rookie among the Big 12 schools. Hill contributes 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 2.0 assists and shoots 50-percent-or-better from the field and foul line.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State enters Saturday's game on a three-game losing streak and has dropped six of its last eight contests. OSU is 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 0-1 vs. teams in the top 10.

The Cowgirls most recently lost to Kansas State, 71-64, Kansas, 75-58, and Missouri, 77-73.

In OSU's 71-64 loss to Kansas State Wednesday, sophomore Jessica Bates recorded her first double double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jennifer Crow lead all scores with 22 points. She also adds five rebounds and five assists to her line.

The Cowgirls have battled injuries throughout the season but have been consistent when it comes to Crow. Crow ranks 12th in the nation in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per game. She also contributes a team-high, of active players, 6.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. In addition, Crow shoots 88.7 percent from the free throw line. As of Feb. 7, she ranked sixth in the nation in free throw accuracy.

Chantoya Hawkins (10.7) is the only other active Cowgirl who averages 10-plus points per game.

As a team, OSU averages 70.2 points and 38.9 rebounds a game.

OSU's top two rebounders, Tari Cummings and Kara Faulk, will not see action against Oklahoma Saturday.

Probable Starters

Oklahoma
Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.23-2319.88.21st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.23-2310.37.22nd in rebounds
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.23-2314.34.93.0 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.23-2312.35.06.3 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.23-204.71.93.5 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.23-35.13.2
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.22-02.32.2
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.23-08.42.0

Oklahoma State

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F21Mandy Stuber6-2So.9-56.32.6
C12Jessica Bates6-2So.9-45.75.8
G20Shelby Hutchens5-10Fr.10-57.12.9
G34Jennifer Crow5-9Sr.10-1020.75.5
G32Chantoya Hawkins5-5Fr.10-1010.83.6

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Toya Releford5-10Jr.10-64.73.6
C45Devon Magness6-7Jr.9-53.74.4

OUT FOR THE GAME
Oklahoma State's Tari Cummings and Kara Faulk will miss Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Cummings suffered a partial ACL tear and a lateral meniscus tear in her left knee on Dec. 31. She was the team leader in rebounds (9.4) and ranked second in scoring (17.9). Faulk had surgery on her hip to remove a cyst on Jan. 24. Faulk is on a day-by-day evaluation.

THE SERIES
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 34-28, including winning seven of the last nine games. OSU knocked Oklahoma outside of the Big 12 Conference Tournament a year ago after OU swept the two-game series.

TEAM COMPARISON

OVERALL GAMES
OUCATEGORYOSU
19-4Records12-10
79.2Points70.2
40.0Rebounds38.9
.487FG%.401
.3393pt. FG%.304
.740FT%.734
19.3Assists14.0
10.6Steals8.9

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYOSU
9-1Records4-6
79.7Points63.6
40.1Rebounds37.5
.493FG%.374
.3563pt. FG%.296
.735FT%.699
19.8Assists13.8
10.1STEALS6.3

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

Year-by-Year Recap
YearResultSite
1975L, 70-41Norman
1975L, 94-44Stillwater
1976L, 76-36Stillwater
1976L, 53-47Norman
1976L, 68-31Edmond
1977L, 73-65Boulder
1977L, 52-44Stillwater
1977L, 70-50Norman
1977L, 45-41Stillwater
1978W, 80-74Norman
1978L, 74-60Stillwater
1979L, 77-62Norman
1979L, 62-48Stillwater
1979W, 53-48Weatherford
1980W, 54-41Norman
1980L, 60-54Columbia
1980W, 52-45Stillwater
1980W, 65-62Norman
1981W, 89-79Norman
1981W, 75-61Lawrence
1981W, 76-68Stillwater
1982W, 78-68Stillwater
1982W, 71-57Norman
1982L, 53-52Oklahoma City
1983W, 77-64Norman
1983W, 83-82 (OT)Stillwater
1984W, 75-72Norman
1984L, 79-71Stillwater
1985L, 85-76Stillwater
1985W, 91-62Norman
1986W, 108-68Norman
1986W, 86-67Stillwater
1986W, 85-50Norman
1987L, 84-68Norman
1987W, 75-70Stillwater
1988W, 83-81Norman
1988W, 79-78Stillwater
1989L, 71-64Stillwater
1989L, 87-68Norman
1990L, 99-94Norman
1990L, 89-77Stillwater
1990L, 87-78Salina
1991L, 76-60Stillwater
1991L, 72-63Norman
1992W, 75-65Stillwater
1992W, 98-75Norman
1993L, 65-44Stillwater
1993W, 64-55Norman
1993L, 85-70Salina
1994W, 82-60Norman
1994L, 77-68Stillwater
1995W, 62-61Stillwater
1995W, 76-67Norman
1996L, 86-79 (2OT)Norman
1996L, 62-58Stillwater
1997L, 88-57Norman
1997L, 67-54Stillwater
1998L, 76-54Norman
1998L, 69-52Stillwater
1999W, 74-58Norman
1999W, 61-53Stillwater
1999L, 70-56Kansas City

NEXT UP
OU will host Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 16, before traveling to Lubbock, Texas, to make its first-ever appearance on ESPN2.

Texas Tech will host Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Calling the game will be Beth Mullins and Nancy Lieberman-Klein.

INJURY REPORT
OU is injury free heading into the game.

OKLAHOMA'S HEAD COACH SHERRI COALE
Without question, four years ago the University of Oklahoma made the right hire in Head Coach Sherri Coale. Coale has been on a mission to rebuild a once proud women's basketball program.

In only her third season, she advanced her team to postseason action and recorded the school's first winning record since the 1994-95 team. The Sooners also finished tied for fifth in the Big 12 Conference after a preseason poll had them slated for 10th. In addition, numerous team records and individual honors were established a year ago.

Coale landed an All-American in her first collegiate recruit, Phylesha Whaley. Whaley enters her senior season as a preseason All-American, according to the Women's Basketball Journal in September. Coale also coached the school's first-ever Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in LaNeishea Caufield. Caufield also became the first OU women's basketball player ever to be invited to the USA World University Game trials and only the second freshman All-American. Coale led Whaley and Stacey Dales to all-conference honors. The honor marked Whaley's third and Dales' first. Whaley spent the summer playing on the Big 12 All-Star team that participated in tournaments in Sweden and Finland, while Dales showcased her skills at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Overall excellence is the norm for Coale's Sooners as 13 players have earned 21 Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Coale Year-by-Year

YearSchoolOverall Rec.Conference Rec.
1989-90Norman High11-12 (.478)
1990-91Norman High17-9 (.654)
1991-92Norman High18-9 (.667)
1992-93Norman High25-3 (.893)State Champions
1993-94Norman High23-5 (.821)
1994-95Norman High26-1 (.963)
1995-96Norman High27-1 (.964)State Champions
Total7 years147-40

1996-97Oklahoma5-22 (.185)1-15 (.063)
1997-98Oklahoma8-19 (296)4-12 (.250)
1998-99Oklahoma15-14 (.517)8-8 (.500)
1999-00Oklahoma19-4 (.857)9-1 (.900)
Total4 years47-59 (.443)22-36 (.379)

SOONERS DROP FIRST ROAD GAME
Oklahoma's 71-56 loss in Ames, Iowa, marked the team's first road loss of the season. The Sooners boast an 8-1 record on opponents' home court this season.

FEBRUARY POSES A TEST
Oklahoma is embarking on its toughest stretch of the season. Five of the eight games that OU plays in February are against upper-division conference teams. Three games will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center and two on the road.

So far, OU has posted a 2-1 record in February, defeating Baylor and Nebraska and losing to Iowa State.

TAKING NOTE
In the 10 games that Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 Conference this season, OU boasts a 10.8 point margin of victory. OU's biggest wins were 28-point victories at home against Texas A&M and Baylor. The Sooners have handed three league opponents 20-point losses.

WHALEY EARNS SECOND BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior Phylesha Whaley was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week Monday for the second time in three weeks. It marked Whaley's ninth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week-title.

She averaged 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in OU's wins over Baylor and Nebraska. Whaley shot 65.5 percent from the field, 60 percent from behind the arc and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe in the two games. Prior to the Iowa State game, she scored 20-or-more points in five straight games with game highs of 20 against BU and 26 vs. NU.

The 5-10 power forward shot 69.2 percent, including 2 of 2 three-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds, pocketed two steals and dished out an assist in only 26 minutes of play.

The Slaton, Texas, native recorded 15 of her 26 points vs. Nebraska in the second half and was credited with six rebounds, two steals and a season-best four assists.

Whaley earned her first player of the week honor after the Sooners defeated Colorado and Texas.

WHALEY WATCH

CategoryCurrently NeedsTo move, pass
PointsNo. 2, 1957191No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG MadeNo. 2, 688172No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG AttemptedNo. 2, 14313No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
3pt. FG MadeNo. 10, 634No. 9, Laura Rushing (1987-90)
3pt. FG AttemptedNo. 11, 1696No. 10, Sunny Hardeman (1995-99)
FT MadeNo. 1, 518XHas record (1998-99)
FT AttemptedNo. 1, 667XHas record (vs. Tulsa, 11-21-99)
ReboundsNo. 2, 820252No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
Off. ReboundsNo. 1, 293XHas record (at Tenn. Tech, 11-19-99)
Def. ReboundsNo. 1, 527XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Games StartedNo. 3, 1064No. 1, Angi Guffy (1992-95)
should tie it at Texas Tech (F19) and break it at Kansas State (F22)
Minutes PlayedNo. 1, 3687XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Consecutive No. 1, 106XHas record (vs. UALR 12-11-99)
GAMES STARTED

DALES TOPS THE CONFERENCE
Sophomore Stacey Dales currently leads the Big 12 Conference in assists with 6.26 a game. She also ranks third in assists/turnover ratio (1.71) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.355). A year ago, Dales finished the season ranked fifth in assists and 13th in assists/turnover ratio.

OU TOPS THE BIG 12
In Big 12 Conference games, OU leads the league in four categories: scoring (79.7), field goal percentage (49.3), assists/turnover ratio (1.09) and assists (19.80) per game. The Sooners also rank second in rebounding margin (+8.2), scoring margin (+10.8) and defensive rebounds (27.30) a game.

The most impressive stat is the Sooners' assists/turnover ratio and assists per game rankings. Just a year ago, OU ended the season ranked 12th (0.67) in assists/turnover ratio and 10th in assists (13.31).

LAST TIME OU WOMEN & MEN'S TEAM RANKED
The last time that Oklahoma's men's and women's basketball programs were ranked at the same time was during the 1994-95 season. There were three weeks that both programs appeared among the nation's best in the Associated Press poll.

CAUFIELD AUTOMATIC
Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is automatic when placed on the free throw line in the final minutes of the game. The 5-9 guard has connected on 19-of-20 attempted foul shot within the last two minutes of action. On the season, she has connected on 114 of 141 foul shots for 80.9 accuracy.

SSP SET TO TELEVISE OU-TEXAS GAME
The Oklahoma Sooner Sports Properties will televise the Oklahoma-Texas women's basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. News Now 53 will air the game live locally.

IT'S ALL-ACADEMIC
Eight women's basketball players were honored at halftime of the men's OU-Texas game, a game that was a part of Big Monday basketball on ESPN. Players who were honored earned a grade point average of 3.0-or-better for the fall semester. Honorees included: Jennifer Cunningham, Shannon Selmon, Angye Tilley, Stephaine Simon, Phylesha Whaley, Jamie Mayer, Stacey Dales and Caton Hill.

WHALEY'S NOW NO. 2 IN CAREER POINTS AND REBOUNDS
With seven rebounds against Baylor on Feb. 2, senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) moved into the No. 2 slot on OU's career list. Whaley also ranks second in career points as she scored 20 against the Bears. She owns 1,957 career points and 820 career rebounds. Former Sooner great Molly McGuire holds both records with 2,147 points and 1,071 boards.

ATTENDANCE IS RISING
Oklahoma's home average attendance of 2,521 fans ranks 30th in the nation according to an unofficial home attendance chart complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office. The 30,251 fans who have already witnessed the excitement of OU women's basketball this season surpasses last year's season total of 20,257. The Sooners are 11-1 when playing at home.

BREAKING IN & MOVING ON UP
The Oklahoma women's basketball team first appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll on Jan. 31 and Associated Press poll on Jan. 17.

Prior to this year, 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.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 19-4, including an 18-2 run in its last 20 games.

TOPS IN NCAA
Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 20th with 20.0 points per game, while Dales is 17th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.3 a game. (as of Feb. 7)

As a team, Oklahoma appears among the best in scoring, rebounding margin, field goal percentage and win-loss percentage. OU is fifth in field goal percentage, (shooting 49.5 percent), sixth in rebounding margin (+9.5), eighth in win-loss percentage (.864, 19-3) and ninth in scoring (80.5). (as of Feb. 7)

RPI RANKINGS
In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is ranked ninth in the country. (as of Feb. 6)

Only Texas Tech (6th) from the Big 12 Conference ranks higher than the Sooners.

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.

NOTABLES

  • Oklahoma's 9-0 run to open the Big 12 Conference schedule is a league best.
  • Oklahoma assistant coach Kristi Hayes resigned Monday, Feb. 1. Hayes, who had been with the program for seven months, cited her mother's illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.
  • OU matched its second longest winning streak in school history at 10 games. The 1984-85 squad also accomplished this mark. The 1983-84 team holds the school record with 11 consecutive victories.
  • Oklahoma is 4-1 when playing a televised game.
  • Oklahoma set a record for the largest crowd to ever witness a women's sporting event in the state of Oklahoma when 10,713 fans watched the Connecticut game on Dec. 29. OU also set its fourth highest attendance figure of 5,512 against Colorado on Jan. 22. The 3,031 fans that watched OU thump Nebraska was the 15th largest crowd inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
  • OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.
  • Stacey Dales needs six assists to move to No. 4 (303) on OU's all-time assists list. She ranks fifth with 294 career assists.
  • With LaNeishea Caufield's 68 steals this season, the sophomore from Ada, Okla., ranks 12th on OU's career list with 141. She tied Terry Willis' 141 career steals against Nebraska Saturday.
  • In career blocks, Dales is tied for 15th with four this season, pushing her career total to 20.
  • Junior Desiree Taylor now ranks among OU's best in offensive rebounds with 123, ranking her 14th on the all-time list.
  • Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 11th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 61. Hardeman has hit 26 this year, surpassing her previous season high of 22 set as a freshman in 1997-98.
  • OU's win against Baylor on Feb. 2 gave this year's team the best school record 21 games into the season, 18-3. OU is now 19-4.
  • Oklahoma became the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go undefeated in the month of January (8-0).