Feb. 1, 2000

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Baylor(5-12, 0-7)
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#22/25 Oklahoma (17-3, 7-0)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000
Arena:
Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Radio:
OU - KOMA (1520 AM) - Live
Internet:
www.soonersports.com - Live
TV:
Newsnow Channel 53, Oklahoma City

THE GAME
Ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 25th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, Oklahoma (17-3 overall, 7-0 Big 12) hosts Baylor (5-12, 0-7) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. This will be the second of the two-game series between the two teams. Oklahoma won the first game in Waco, 87-66, on Jan. 15.

The game with the Lady Bears will be televised by NewsNow 53 out of Oklahoma City with Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) calling the action. The game also will be carried live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network with James Hale announcing.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
The Oklahoma women's basketball team (17-3, 7-0) will attempt to extend its eight-game winning streak with a victory over Baylor (5-12, 0-7) Wednesday night. The Sooners, who have won 16 of their last 17 games, are coming off a 76-71 win over Missouri on Jan. 30. The Tigers had a school record 6,227 fans to watch the Sooners hand MU its fifth Big 12 loss of the year. Senior Phylesha Whaley paced OU with her eighth double-double of the season. Whaley produced game highs in points (25) and rebounds (10), while sophomore LaNeishea Caufield scored 14 points, hitting 12-of-14 free throws, and pocketed a game-high five steals. In addition, sophomore point guard Stacey Dales added 12 points and four steals. Missouri became the fourth team this year to outrebound OU and the first to lose to the Sooners when collecting more boards. The Tigers grabbed an OU opponent season-high 45 boards to OU's 28. OU outshot Missouri, 44.2% to 41.7%, even though the Tigers made more field goals, 60 to 52.

The win over Missouri extended Oklahoma's perfect road winning streak to eight games.

Whaley, who owns six OU career records, leads four Sooners in double digits scoring with a 19.7 points. She also leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 boards a game. Caufield (14.4) and Dales (12.0) followed by freshman forward Caton Hill (10.3) also averages 10 plus points a game. Caufield leads the team in steals with 3.2 per game, ranking her third in the Big 12 Conference. Dales leads the league and the team in assists per game dishing out 6.4, a figure that ranks among the nation's best. Hill contributes 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

As a team, the Sooners are also shooting 49.3 percent from the field and are outrebounding their opponents, 39.5 to 30.8.

ABOUT BAYLOR
Baylor is on a seven-game losing streak, all to Big 12 Conference schools, and has dropped nine of its last 11 contests. The Lady Bears last wins were at home against Louisiana-Lafayette, 64-56, on Jan. 1, and Eastern Washington, 69-48, on Dec. 30.

BU's last game was an 83-61 loss to Texas in Waco. Junior Monica Arnold led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season. Her 12 points produced her ninth double-digits scoring effort of the season. Sophomore Danielle Crockrom, who did not play against the Sooners in the first game due to personal leave from the team, came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down a team-high eight rebounds.

On the season, Baylor is paced by sophomore forward Mandy Hayworth's 12.2 points a game. Hayworth fired off a team-high 22 points, scoring 17 points in the first half, against the Sooners in the first meeting on Jan. 15. Crockrom is second in scoring (11.7) and the team leader in rebounding (8.4). Arnold is the team leader in blocks and ranks second in rebounding.

Sonja Hogg is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Baylor Bears and 17th overall. She needs only 12 wins to reach the coveted 400 victory plateau with an overall record of 388 wins and 138 losses. At Baylor she has posted a 81-83 mark.

Probable Starters

Oklahoma
Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.20-2019.78.41st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.20-2010.27.32nd in rebounds
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.20-2014.44.83.2 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.20-2012.05.16.4 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.20-174.71.83.7 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.20-38.82.0
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.19-02.22.3
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.20-08.82.0

Baylor

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F33Hilary Akromis6-1Fr.17-74.54.4
F14Brittany Bruns5-10So.17-175.94.5
C40Monica Arnold6-2Jr.17-139.05.6
G31Mandy Hayworth5-9Sr.17-1712.12.6
G03Nicole Collins5-3So.17-178.94.1

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C25Michelle Neely6-3Jr.17-32.82.5
F34Danielle Crockrom6-2So.15-1111.78.4
F44Stasha Richards5-11Fr.17-04.22.1

Oklahoma vs. Baylor
Year-by-Year Recap

YearResultSiteMargin
1980W, 66-48Norman+18
1981W, forfeitunknown0
1992W, 113-72Norman+41
1992W, 83-76Waco+7
1997L, 87-65Waco-22
1997L, 78-63Norman-15
1998L, 67-64Norman-12
1998L, 97-67Waco-30
1999W, 86-65Norman+21
1999W, 76-67Waco+9
2000W, 87-66 Waco+21

THE SERIES
Oklahoma holds an 8-4 edge over Baylor in the all-time series. The Sooners swept the two-game series a year ago with scores of 86-65 (Norman) and 76-67 (Waco). The series dates back to Jan. 9, 1980, when OU handed the Lady Bears a 66-48 loss in Norman.

Outside of Big 12 Conference, the only common opponent between the two teams was North Texas. OU defeated UNT, while the Lady Eagles handed Baylor its first loss of the season.

TEAM COMPARISONS OVERALL GAMES

OUCATEGORYBU
16-3Records5-12
79.5Points61.6
39.5Rebounds39.1
.493FG%.355
.3443pt. FG%.309
.736FT%.683
19.2Assists13.6
10.8Steals10.5

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYBU
7-0Records0-7
80.4Points58.4
38.6Rebounds36.7
.515FG%.330
.3903pt. FG%.295
.727FT%.688
19.6Assists12.7
10.4STEALS8.0

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Lloyd Noble Center in a Fox Sports televised game that's starts at 3 p.m. The Cornhuskers are 11-7 on the season and 5-2 in Big 12 play. Nebraska has lost to Iowa State, 89-66, and Texas, 72-68. NU holds the all-time series record, 20-17, against the Sooners. A Sherri Coale-coached team has never defeated a Nebraska squad.

SOONER HOLD OFF PESKY BEARS
Oklahoma's senior Phylesha Whaley scored a season-best and game-high 28 points en route to leading four Sooners in double digits scoring as the women's basketball team handed Baylor an 87-66 loss at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on Jan. 15.

Whaley, who scored 19 of her 28 points before intermission, also recorded her seventh double-double of the year as she pulled down 11 rebounds, nine defensive giving her the school's all-time record in that category. The Slaton, Texas, native hit 10-of-14 from the field and nailed 8-of-9 from the foul line. Freshman Jadrea Seeley came off the bench red-hot as she hit all seven attempted shots, including 2-of-2 from the three-point range for 16 points. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield added 18 points and eight rebounds and Stacey Dales contributed 14 points and seven assists.

For a short time, the Sooners took control of the game with a 17-1 run, hitting all eight attempted shots, to push its first half lead to 28-16. However, the Lady Bears trimmed the lead to 34-33, outscoring OU 17-6 before OU took a 43-39 halftime lead. Oklahoma outscored Baylor, 44-27, in the second half for its four-consecutive win.

Oklahoma dominated the Lady Bears in the paint scoring 46 points to Baylor's 20. OU also continued its hot shooting as the team recorded a season-best 61.0 field goal percentage, hitting 36-of-59 shots. BU shot 35.9 percent from the field.

HAYES STEPS DOWN
Oklahoma women's basketball assistant coach Kristi Hayes announced her resignation Monday. Hayes, who had with the program for seven months, named her mothers' illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.

"There is nothing more important to me in this world than family," said Hayes. "My mother needs her family right now and therefore that is where I must go."

The Jefferson, Iowa, native plans to return home in mid-February to support her mother, Vicky, who is battling cancer. Hayes, a former Drake basketball standout, has also battled the life threatening disease as she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996. In support of her daughter, Mrs. Kinne quite her job and stayed at home with Kristi.

Hayes is married to OU assistant football coach Jonathan Hayes and the couple is expecting their first child in June.

"I am fortunate to have a very supportive and loving husband (Jonathan Hayes) who has already done so much to help me with my mother's illness. I am lucky to have been a part of a caring and mature team who completely understands. I am grateful to be a part of a family who I know will always be there for one another."

"Kristi has done an outstanding job for our program over the past seven months," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "Her energy and enthusiasm have been an asset and though we are disappointed to lose her, we totally support her decision."

Hayes was a Kodak All-American honorable mention at Drake in 1995. She also earned all-district and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors that same season.

"This entire program is a class act and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them. Although being with my mother was an easy decision, it's tough to leave," said Hayes.

"To all of us, Kristi's courage, faith and spirit of sacrifice serve as an inspiration.

Our prayers will be with Kristi, Jonathan and Vicky, as well as the rest of the Kinne family, during this very difficult time," stated Coale.

Coale will promote administrative assistant Deren Boyd to interim assistant coach for the remained of the season. Boyd is in his first year as full-time staff member but fourth overall with the women's basketball program.

WHALEY COULD MOVE
With three rebounds against Baylor Wednesday night senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) will move into the No. 2 slot on OU's career list.

The 5-10 forward became the Sooners' all-time record holder in offensive rebounds against Baylor in the two teams first meeting of the season. She also holds the Sooners career record in defensive boards.

In the early 1980s rebounds were not separated into offensive and defensive, they were just kept as total rebounds.

SOONERS 7-0 START SETS A SCHOOL RECORD
Oklahoma's 7-0 start in conference play is a school record. Never before has any OU team jumped out to such an impressive start. The most consecutive games won prior to this year was five by the 1998-99, 1994-95 and 1984-85 teams.

INJURY REPORT
OU is injury free heading into the game.

HISTORY ON THE EDGE
A win Wednesday night against Baylor will give this year's team the best school record at this point in the season. Currently three teams are tied with 17-3 records, including this year's squad, but the 1984-85 and 1985-86 programs dropped its 21st game. With an 18-3 record the 1999-2000 squad will own the school's all-time best record 21 games into the year.

WHALEY NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Phylesha Whaley was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 24. It marked Whaley's first league honor this season but her eighth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week-title. The 5-10 power forward averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50-percent from the field (12-of-24), 60-percent from the three-point line (3-of-5) and hit 90-percent from the foul line (9-10), while the Sooners defeated Texas and Colorado.

The Slaton, Texas, native played 37 of 40 minutes and scored 15 points, was 2-for-3 from three point land, grabbed eight rebounds and pocketed two steals against Texas. Oklahoma became just the 42nd out of 330 teams to beat the Longhorns (76-73) in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

OU returned to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Jan. 22 to hand Colorado its fourth-straight conference loss of the year. Whaley had game highs in points (21) and rebounds (9). She also was perfect from the foul line (6-6), shot 59-percent from the field and added two steals and assists to her total.

BREAKING IN & MOVING ON UP
For the first time this season, the Oklahoma women's basketball team appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

This week marks the third consecutive week that OU has been ranked in the top 25 in the AP poll. The Sooners moved up to No. 22 in the most recent version.

The Sooners first appeared in the AP poll the week of Jan. 21, after a four year absence.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 17-3, including a 16-1 run in its last 17 games. OU women's team is the Big 12's only undefeated team (7-0), men or women.

"This is a great thing for our players," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "It's a reward for how hard they have worked and the commitment they have made to take this program into national prominence. It's a part of that big picture we have been pursuing since day one. The key is sustaining our climb."

"I'm excited and very proud of our team and coaching staff," said Marita Hynes, OU Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator. "Before the season ever started, Coach Coale indicated that this team would be very good and it just proves to me that she is a master of assessing talent at the NCAA Division I level."

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.

IF . . .
A win over Baylor Wednesday will equal the most wins a Sherri Coale coached team has earned in conference action.

TWO DOWN - THREE TO GO
Before starting the Big 12 Conference schedule OU made it a goal to beat the five remaining five teams that were perfect against the Sooners and Head Coach Sherri Coale. Oklahoma has taken care of two this season, Texas Tech and Missouri. The remaining three are Iowa State, Kansas and Nebraska.

HALFTIME IS A KEY
For the first time this season, Oklahoma won a game when tied at halftime. The Sooners boast a 15-0 record when leading at intermission. OU also holds a 6-0 road record when controlling the advantage after the first 20 minutes.

NOTABLES

  • OU has equalled its longest winning streak of the season of eight consecutive games with its 76-71 victory over Missouri last Saturday.
  • Stacey Dales needs 24 assists to move to No. 4 (303) on OU's all-time assists list. She ranks fifth with 276 career assists.
  • With LaNeishea Caufield's 63 steals this season the sophomore from Ada, Okla., ranks 13th on OU's career list with 137. She's five shy of Terry Willis' 141 career steals for 12th.
  • 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 119, ranking her 14th on the all-time record list.
  • Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 10th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 57. Hardeman has hit 22 this year, matching her season high she set as a freshman in 1997-98.
  • Oklahoma set a school record for the largest crowd to ever witness a women's sporting event in the state of Oklahoma when 10,713 fans watch the Connecticut game on Dec. 29. OU also set its fourth highest attendance figure of 5,512 against Colorado on Jan. 22.
  • OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.
  • When Oklahoma hits 50-percent or better from the field the Sooner are 12-0.

STREAKING IN JANUARY
Oklahoma's win against Missouri Saturday allowed the 1999-2000 team to become the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go the month of January undefeated (8-0).

CAUFIELD BACK TO OLD SELF
Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield currently leads the Big 12 Conference in steals with 4.14 a game in league games. The Ada, Okla., native also ranks third in free throw percentage, shooting 86.7, and seventh in scoring (16.3) and field goal percentage (53.0).

NOTHING BUT NET
When freshman Jadrea Seeley shoots the basketball it goes in 52.8 percent of the time, and against Big 12 Conference opponents the Bethel, Okla., native connects on 54.3 percent of her shots. Seeley averages 8.8 points and plays 19 minutes a game.

SOONERS ENJOY THE RUNNING GAME
Oklahoma ranks first in the Big 12 Conference in overall and league games in scoring and field goal percentage. The Sooners are shooting an impressive 49.3 percent in overall games and 51.5 in conference games. OU is averaging 79.7 points in 20 games and 80.7 points in its seven Big 12 outings. Oklahoma also ranks first in assist in league games, averaging 19.57 a game.

OU AND SOONERS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 28th with 19.2 points per game, while Dales is 11th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.7 a game. (as of Jan. 24)

As a team, Oklahoma appears among the best in scoring, rebounding margin and field goal percentage. OU is fourth in rebounding margin with a +11.1 and field goal percentage, shooting 49.6 percent and 12th in scoring with 79.9. (as of Jan. 24)

OKLAHOMA RUNS
The 1999-2000 OU women's basketball team became the first program in school history to put together an 8-0 and 7-0 run in the same season. In addition, this year's team is the first to produce a 16-1 record in 17-consecutive games.

Top-ranked Connecticut ended the Sooners eight-game winning steak on Dec. 29, 1999. However, Oklahoma bounced back to start another winning streak. The Sooners are a perfect 8-0 in the new millennium heading into Wednesday's contest against Nebraska.

Never before has an OU team won eight-straight games, lost a game and then won seven-consecutive games until the Sooners defeated Texas A&M on Jan. 26.

WITHIN THE RANKS

Big 12 Conference
as of Feb. 1

INDIVIDUAL

Phylesha Whaley

CategoryOverallBig 12
Off. Rebounds2nd/3.5010th/2.86
Scoring 3rd/19.72nd/21.9
Free Throw % 5th/.8248th/.829
Rebounding 5th/8.53rd/9.1
Def. Rebounds7th/5.003rd/6.29
Field Goal % 11th/.5265th/.567
3pt Field Goal % NR1st/.692
3pt FG Made/G NR12th/1.29

LaNeishea Caufield

Steals 3rd/3.151st/4.14
Free Throw % 7th/.8113rd/.867
Scoring 9th/14.47th/16.3
Field Goal %NR7th/.530

Sunny Hardeman

Assists/TO Ratio2nd/1.65NR

Stacey Dales

Assists 1st/6.403rd/6.00
Assists/TO Ratio3rd/1.649th/1.35
3pt Field Goal % 11th/.351NR

Caton Hill

Def. Rebounds8th/4.955th/5.71
Rebounding14th/7.39th/8.0

Jadrea Seeley

Field Goal % 10th/.5286th/.543

TEAM

CategoryOverallBig 12
Scoring1st/79.71st/80.4
Field Goal %1st/.4931st/.515
Rebounding Margin2nd/+9.12nd/+7.0
Assists2nd/19.001st/19.57
Assists/Turnover Ratio2nd/0.992nd/1.01
Free Throw %3rd/.7363rd/.727
Scoring Margin 4th/+13.23rd/+10.4
3-pt. Field Goal %5th/.3442nd/.390
Steals6th/10.806th/10.43
3pt. Made/Gamet7th/4.257th/4.29
Defensive Rebounds7th/25.652nd/26.71
Scoring Defense8th/66.4t7th/70.0
Offensive Rebounds8th/14.209th/11.86
Field Goal % Defense11th/.4269th/.422
Blocked Shots12th/1.7012th/1.57

TEAM HIGHS

Field Goal Percentage2nd, .610 vs. TCU
Free Throws Made2nd, 30 vs. ORU

Oklahoma's Previous National Rankings

1984-85
Week 10#20Jan. 20, 1995
Week 11#19Jan. 27, 1995

1985-86
Week 2 #17 Dec. 1, 1995
Week 3 #15 Dec. 8, 1985
Week 4 #14 Dec. 15, 1985
Week 5 #16 Dec. 22, 1985
Week 6 #15 Dec. 29, 1985
Week 7 #13 Jan. 5, 1986
Week 8 #11 Jan. 12, 1986
Week 9 #14 Jan. 19, 1986
Week 10 #14 Jan. 26, 1986
Week 11 #16 Feb. 2, 1986
Week 12 #17 Feb. 9, 1986
Week 13 #16 Feb. 16, 1986
Week 14 #15 Feb. 23, 1986
Week 15 #17 March. 2, 1986
Week 16 #19 March 9, 1986

1994-95
Week 12 #25 Jan. 31, 1995
Week 13 #24 Feb. 7, 1995
Week 15 #25 Feb. 21, 1995
Week 16 #25 Feb. 28, 1995

1999-2000
Week 11 #25 Jan. 17, 2000
Week 12 #23 Jan. 24, 2000
Week 13 #22 Jan. 31, 2000