Jan 29, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - It wasn't hard to figure out the difference between No. 4 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma had Stacey Dales.
"It just came down to Stacey Dales saying they were not going to lose the ballgame," Oklahoma State coach Dick Halterman said after Dales scored a career-high 29 points in the Sooners' 66-58 victory. "She took the game over."
Dales scored 17 in the second half to help the Sooners (17-2, 7-1 Big 12) rally. They trailed 29-27 at halftime and 36-32 with 15:34 remaining. But the Sooners rebounded from a rugged first half that saw them shoot just 31 percent from the field and miss all eight 3-point attempts.
They also committed 12 turnovers, while managing just two assists.
"I give them a bunch of credit on how they came into the game and how they approached us," Dales said of Oklahoma State (11-10, 3-5). "I thought they did a great job scouting what we do."
With leading scorers LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill struggling with foul problems, Dales keyed the comeback. She had five points during a 17-0 second-half run, including a key 3-pointer from the corner, as the Sooners surged ahead 44-33.
Oklahoma State pulled even at 46 on a three-point play by Tari Cummings. But Dales converted a three-point play of her own to put the Sooners ahead to stay.
Caufield, Oklahoma's leading scorer at 19.9 points per game, was held to two points in the first half and finished with nine. Hill scored just two points and went 0-for-10 from the floor, but did grab 11 rebounds.
"The strength of our team all year is that we have a lot of different weapons," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "We've been riding Caufield hard and heavy since the beginning of the season. She averages about 20 points a game and she only plays 20 minutes tonight.
"We depended heavily on Caton and she goes 0 for 10 from the field. She's never gone 0 for 10 from the field in her life, so Stacey Dales took over the game."
Center Trisha Skibbe led the Cowgirls with 20 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:03 left.
"We worked so hard and had the game in our hands, but we had a couple of lapses again with turnovers and where we didn't score," Skibbe said. "We worked hard enough to win the game and it's really disappointing."
OU's victory over Oklahoma State means the Sooners cut into OSU's lead in the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Series presented by Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Oklahoma State now owns a 4-3 advantage this year. Thus far during the 2001-02 series, OU has posted a victory in soccer and two in women's basketball while OSU prevailed in cross country, football and wrestling. OSU gained a total of one point for the cross country wins, two points for the football victory and one point for the wrestling win.
This is the second year for Bank of Oklahoma to be the title sponsor and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers to be the presenting sponsor of the Bedlam Series. The Sooners and Cowboys annually meet head-to-head in eight sports. The series winner in each of these sports is awarded the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Bell traveling trophy. The OU women's basketball team raised the trophy following its win in Stillwater. At the end of the year, an overall winner is announced.