Oklahoma 80, No. 11 Purdue 75

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 11, 2001

Nov. 11, 2001

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale:
"I'm very proud of my team. If you look at our roster, depleted due to injuries, then Stacey (Dales) only gets to play 18 minutes and Neishea (Caufield) is on the bench for a while, I think you really got to see the character of our basketball team. We had players in the game that rarely got in the game last year and they played significant minutes tonight and they were good. They did exactly what we needed them to do. They played within themselves and let these guys who were still on the floor take care of business. They played their part in it, making the easy pass and being part of a defensive rotation, blocking out every time."

"I couldn't be more proud. I told the guys in the lockerroom--everything that we were afraid of last week when Antoinette (Wadsworth) went down, after Shannon (Selmon) had already gone down, after Jen (Cunningham) had already gone down--well, what if we play against a big team? We just did. What if we get into foul trouble? We just did. Everything that we afraid of happened, and you know what? We won. So let's just get on with business."

Oklahoma's Rosalind Ross:
"I felt we weren't respected a lot by Purdue. Stacey's a great motivator for me, and she told me, 'Rosalind, you've got to go out there and play your game. I'm not out there.' My teammates have a lot of trust in me, and I have to start trusting myself, like Coach Coale has told me. I felt that I could shoot. They were going in for me, and I was happy. I just felt a little confident. I felt that we could come out and win this game."

Oklahoma Notes:

The Sooners won their season opener for the second consecutive year.

Rosalind Ross had career-highs in points (24), rebounds (11) and three-point field goals (6). Her six three-point field goals matched the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic record set by Julie Powell of Vanderbilt in 1993.



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