Nov 18, 2001
STILLWATER, Okla. - OKLAHOMA beat Tulsa easily, and Sooners coach Sherri Coale still wasn't pleased.
"I thought we made a mistake coming out of the locker room flat," Coale said after OKLAHOMA's 75-52 victory in the Bertha Teague Classic on Sunday night. "We had to dig our way out of it. We're not big enough, not deep enough to do that. We can't just show up and expect to win."
OKLAHOMA (3-0) only led 21-20 before building a nine-point cushion at halftime, then used a 20-6 run at the start of the second half to put the game out of reach.
LaNeishea Caufield scored 24 points, all but two in the second half, and Stacey Dales added 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Sooners had a tough time early in the game against Tulsa's 6-foot-4 Alyssa Shriver, who had seven blocked shots. But OKLAHOMA was able to quicken the tempo as the first half progressed, and in doing so built a lead.
Shriver finished with 21 points.
The score was 28-24 before Kate Scott hit a 3-pointer to begin a 7-2 run in the final four minutes before halftime. Then Dales had three baskets as the Sooners scored the first eight points of the second half to take control for good.
Tulsa (0-2) got no closer than 16 after OKLAHOMA built its 55-32 lead.
"You have to give Tulsa credit. They were very prepared to play," Dales said. "They were up for the game and up for the challenge. They gave us a run and it was more than we expected."
Caufield, who watched much of the first half with three fouls, scored the Sooners' final 11 points.
"Caufield was outstanding when she got going, but where was she in the first half?" Coale said. "We've got to have her for 40 minutes."
OKLAHOMA had 14 turnovers in the first half but did a better job protecting the ball after that and wound up with 21. Tulsa committed 27 turnovers and shot just 35 percent.
OKLAHOMA freshman Dionnah Jackson had nine points and eight assists. Carla Morrow scored 10 for Tulsa.