By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 26, 2003
Feb. 26, 2003
Oklahoma Women's Basketball GAME NOTES
Oklahoma 74, Missouri 69
Lloyd Noble Center
Feb. 26, 2003
Tonight's game marked the final home contest in the careers of seniors Stephanie Simon, Schuknecht and Scott.
OU shot 83.3 (30-36) percent at the free throw line, its second-highest percentage this season. OU's 30 made free throws and 36 attempts are the second-highest totals of the season in each category. It also marks the eighth time this season that the Sooners have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe.
Oklahoma was 0-3 when trailing at the half inside the Lloyd Noble Center until tonight's victory. On the season OU improved to 5-7 when trailing at the half.
For the 16th time this season OU had at least three players score in double digits.
Oklahoma has had a winning record at home for five straight seasons, finishing 2003 with an 8-4 record at the Lloyd Noble Center. The last time OU finished a season with a home losing record was in 1997-98 season, when the Sooners went 5-7.
The last time OU lost its home season finale during 1998-99 season. Ironically that loss came at the hands of Missouri, 73-64.
Tonight's victory margin of victory, 5 (74-69), was the smallest in an OU win since the Sooners defeated Baylor 65-64 on February 12.
In the first half Oklahoma made a season-high 14 free throws, bettering its previous high of 12, which it reached twice. OU also shot a season-high 18 first half free-throws, bettering the 16 it shot against Oral Roberts on November 23.
OU shot 83.3 (30-36) percent at the free throw line, its second-highest percentage this season. OU's 30 made free throws and 36 attempts are the second highest totals of the season in each category. It also marks the eighth time this season that the Sooners have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe.
Missouri scored 42 (42-38) points in the first half, which is the highest first half point total for an OU opponent in Big 12 play. Connecticut scored 44 points against the Sooners in the Hawaiian Arilines Wahine Classic, which is the OU opponent high.
Missouri shot 47.1 percent from the field in the first half, the third-highest percentage of the season and the second highest in Big 12 play by an Oklahoma opponent.
Missouri made nine three pointers, an OU opponent season-high.
Senior Kate Scott (Overland Park, Kan.) started for the first time in her career.
Senior Theresa Schuknecht also started. Schuknecht started once in the previous nine games.
Beky Preston had more points, eight, in the first half than she has scored in any Big 12 game this season. She canned a season-high 13 points against Sam Houston State on Nov. 26. Preston also set a career-high in rebounds with 10.
Preston also recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Theresa Schuknecht recorded her third double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds. She also set a career-high with 11 defensive boards. Schuknecht also set a career-high in blocks with five.
Junior Maria Villaroel tied a career-high with 31 points. She also scored 31 against Sam Houston State on Nov. 26. Villaroel was perfect from the free throw line at making 11-11. She had 11 free throw attempts in two other games, but her 11 makes was a personal best.