Dec. 11, 1999
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's basketball team used a 26-0 second half run to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock, 102-72, Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The victory pushed OU's winning streak to seven games and improved their overall record to 7-2 and 4-0 at home. The Trojans drop to 2-4 on the season.
Junior Desiree Taylor and freshman Jadrea Seeley came off the bench to lead the Sooners with 20 and 16 points, respectively. Taylor's 20 matched her career high, while Seeley bettered her previous best by one point. Seeley also matched an individual season best in hitting efficiency with .875, hitting 7-of-8 shots from the field. The duo was two of six players that scored in double figures. Senior Phylesha Whaley registered her 72nd career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ada, Oklahoma natives Caton Hill and LaNeishea Caufield each contributed 12, while Sunny Hardeman added 11 points.
The Sooners used a balanced scoring attack in the first half, with seven players scoring more than five points a piece, to help give OU a 54-41 halftime lead. Oklahoma captured their largest lead of the period at 17 points at the 4:13 mark on two free throws by Hardeman. Whaley and Hill both had 10 points each to lead the Sooners at the half.
The Sooners came out aggressive to begin the second half and collected nine second half steals and held the Trojans to a 42 percent second half shooting performance. Oklahoma also dominated the boards outrebounding UALR, 50-26. Oklahoma's 50 rebounds were broken up evenly as the Sooners collected 25 on each end. OU also forced the Trojans into 20 turnovers to OU's 14.
Freshman Muci Haris led the Trojans with 23 points, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line.
The Sooners take a week off for finals before returning to the court next Saturday, Dec. 18, at the University of Denver. Game time is set for 9 p.m. central.