Jan. 8, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's basketball team opened the Big 12 Conference schedule with a shocking 82-76 victory over 13th-ranked Texas Tech inside the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday night in front of 4,353 fans. It's the first time that the Sooners have beaten a ranked opponent since 1995 and the first time in 16 years that an OU women's basketball team has defeated a Marsha Sharp coached squad.
OU senior forward Phylesha Whaley propelled the team down the stretch with 19 second half points, finishing with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Caufield and Dales both scored 15 points for the Sooners and Dales also added a game high eight assists. As a team, OU shot 61% from the field, while holding Texas Tech to a 44 percent field goal percentage. All five of Texas Tech's starters scored in double figures led by Katrisa O'Neal with 16 points.
Oklahoma owned the lead the entire first half and jumped out to their largest lead of the half of nine points with 4:18 left in the period. Texas Tech closed to within two points with less than two minutes to go before OU secured a six point halftime advantage, 36-30, on two free throws by freshman Jadrea Seeley and a jumper by sophomore Stacey Dales. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield led the Sooners at the intermission with 10 points.
The Sooners came out after halftime and extended their lead to 11 points with 16 minutes left in the game. The Red Raiders then fought back and scored 10-straight points in the next minute and a half to pull within one. Over the next seven minutes the teams fought back and forth through seven ties. The Sooners took the lead for good on a lay up by junior Desiree Taylor with 6:39 left.
Oklahoma improves to 11-3 on the season and 1-0 in the conference while Texas Tech falls to 11-2 and 0-1 in Big 12 action.
The attendance marked the second largest crowd of the season and the seventh biggest crowd ever inside the Lloyd Noble Center for a women's basketball game.
The Sooners face their second conference opponent of the season when they return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, by hosting Texas A&M at 7:30 at the Lloyd Noble Center.