Jan. 14, 2002
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Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
At Iowa State
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002
7 P.M. - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
KOMA Radio (1520 AM)
Sooner Sports TV Network
KSBI CHANNEL 52 OKC (COX CHANNEL 9)
KWBT CHANNEL 19 TULSA
KSWO CHANNEL 7 LAWTON
KOMI CHANNEL 24 WOODWARD
OKLAHOMA LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN AT IOWA STATE
Oklahoma (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) is set for its second consecutive Big 12 Conference road game as the Sooners head north to face Iowa State (13-3, 1-3 Big 12) in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. inside the Hilton Coliseum (14,092). OU has never won when playing at Hilton Coliseum under current Sooner coach Sherri Coale.
Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (color) will call the action for the first ever road broadcast of OU women's basketball by the Sooner Sports Network (satellite coordinators are Telstar 6 / K 28 (D.L. Frequency 12183.5 H). Sooner fans may also listen to the broadcast by tuning to KOMA-AM (1520) where Jim Byers (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the OU radio network. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.
Tuesday's game marks the fifth top 25 opponent for Oklahoma in six games and the fourth ranked Big 12 team in five games.
SERIES RECORD - OU LEADS 23-14
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 23-14. However, ISU has won the last seven and eight of the last nine games.
Iowa State was the last Big 12 team to beat Oklahoma. The Cyclones did it twice last year. ISU handed the Sooners a buzzer beater in Norman, 81-79, on Jan. 6 and defeated OU, 68-65, in the Big 12 Tournament title game in Kansas City on March 10.
Iowa State is the only team in the league that Sooner coach Sherri Coale has not beaten.
OKLAHOMA (14-1, 4-0 BIG 12)
Oklahoma enters Tuesday's game riding an 18-game Big 12 Conference regular season winning streak. The Sooners will also attempt to win their first game inside Hilton Coliseum and extend their 11-consecutive Big 12 road winning streak.
Most recently OU defeated Baylor, 82-73, at the Ferrell Center in Waco for its fourth conference win. Senior Rosalind Ross scored 24 points, including an inside basket and consecutive 3-pointers in Oklahoma's game-turning run. She sparked a 20-6 Sooner run after Baylor took a 61-52 lead - its largest - on Sheila Lambert's 3-pointer. Ross came through with her fourth 20-point game with 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-11 3-pointers.
OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) combined for 81 of the team's 82 points. Caufield had 23 points, Dales scored 13 points and had five rebounds and Hill added 21 points and 11 boards. This was Hill's fourth double double of the season and 24th of her career. She's one shy of tying the school's all-time record for most career double doubles of 25 own by former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley.
Overall, four Sooners enter this week averaging over 10-points per game. Caufield and Dales top the team with 20.1 and 14.8 points per game, respectively. Ross follows the duo with 13.5 ppg while Hill adds 13.3. Senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.), OU's fifth starter, contributes 8.5 ppg to the offensive line. Defensively, Oklahoma has five Sooners averaging 4.5-plus rebounds per game. Hill tops the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Ross follows at 5.9 boards a contest and Talbert averages 5.3 rpg. Caufield ranks fourth on the team with 5.1 rebounds, followed by freshman Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo.) at 4.9. Dales checks in with 4.5 rpg.
As a team, Oklahoma shoots 47.0 percent from the field, 72.6 percent from the foul line and 37.3 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also outrebounded their opponents, 40.1-to-35.7, and dished out 249-183 more assists.
IOWA STATE (13-3, 1-3 BIG 12)
Iowa State enters Tuesday's game riding a two-game losing streak. ISU has played and won three overtime games this season including against San Diego (in San Diego), a team that took Oklahoma to two overtime periods a year ago. The Cyclones have dropped three of their first four Big 12 games to Kansas State, 69-63, Texas, 66-65, and Texas A&M, 88-71. ISU defeated Nebraska, 88-54, in Ames. Never before has Iowa State opened Big 12 play with a 1-3 record. ISU started at 2-2 for its second worst start in 1996-97. Before losing to KSU, the Cyclones jetted out to a 12-0 start, tying their best start in school history. The 1995-96 team also won its first 12 games.
Leading the Cyclones is senior All-America candidate Angie Welle and junior Lindsey Wilson. Wilson leads the team in scoring with 20.1 points and assists with 6.1 per game. Welle averages a double double with 19.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. She is the only player in the league to average a double double. Senior Tracy Gahan also contributes 13.6 ppg and a team high 2.3 steals per outing.
As a team, Iowa State shoots 48.3 percent from the field, 71.2 percent from the foul line and 37.7 percent from the arc. The Cyclones have also outrebounded their opponents, 42.6-to-32.4.
Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) has become one of the most talked about and respected head coaches in NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball. Coale was named the eighth head women's basketball coach in OU history on April 6, 1996. The Big 12 Coach of the Year for the past two seasons has directed the Sooners to the program's first back-to-back Big 12 regular season titles and NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Oklahoma compiled an overall record of 53-14 and a 28-4 mark in conference play the two seasons prior to the 2001-02 campaign. She has taken a well below average program and turned it into one of the top five powerhouses in women's basketball in six seasons.
Bill Fennelly (William Penn College, 1979) is Iowa State's all-time winningest coach. His seven ISU teams have won more conference game (64) than all of the previous Cyclone teams combined (43). In his 13 years of coaching, he has guided 11 teams to post-season appearances, including eight total NCAA Tournament berths -- five straight at ISU. Fennelly guided ISU to its first Big 12 Tournament title and shared the regular season crown with Oklahoma and Texas Tech in 2000. The Cyclones have won 25-plus games in each of the previous four seasons. Prior to ISU, Fennelly was the head coach at Toledo for seven years where he established an overall record of 166-53 (.758 winning percentage).
UP NEXT - PACK THE HOUSE
Oklahoma (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) welcomes Texas (12-2, 4-0 Big 12) to the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 for a 3 p.m. game. Sooners' promotion for the event will be KOCO Pack the House. Hopefully, both teams will still be tied for first place and undefeated in the Big 12 Conference. OU travels to Iowa State Tuesday, while Texas travels to Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
DID YOU KNOW?
The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department is the only NCAA Division I school to have its football (No. 6/6), men's basketball (No. 5/5) and women's basketball (No. 3/2) programs ranked among the nation's top 10.
OU is the only school in the nation with both men's and women's teams ranked in the top five.
THE SILENT KILLER
Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has become Oklahoma's silent killer from the three-point line. The Wisconsin native has nailed 36 treys this season and 86 for her career to rank eighth on OU's all-time list. Ross averages 2.4 treys per game and nailed a career-high six threes to open the season against No. 9 Purdue. She also hit five threes against No. 12 Baylor last Saturday. For the season, she ranks third on the team in scoring with 13.5 points and second in rebounds with 5.9 boards per game. The 5-9 guard has scored 20-plus points in three of her last four outings and four overall.
SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM
The 2001 academic fall semester brought great success to the Oklahoma women's basketball team as the program earned a 3.44 grade point average, its best ever. Three Sooners established a perfect 4.0 grade point average (Theresa Schuknecht, Kate Scott and Lauren Shoush) for the fall semester, while six student-athletes earned a 3.5 or better GPA (Lindsey Casey, Jen Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Stephanie Luce, Shannon Selmon and Stephanie Simon).
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 342 points off their opponent's turnovers. Twenty-nine percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 350 turnovers to its 288.
SOONERS' TRIPLE THREAT
Oklahoma's senior All-Americans Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and junior All-Big 12 second teamer Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) have produced 60.0 percent of Oklahoma's scoring this season.
In eigth of the last 10 games, Dales, Caufield and Hill have accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's total points. The trio combined for a season-high 70 percent of the team's 82 points at Baylor. They have also accounted for 69 percent of the team's points twice this season.
The most points that the trio has ever been responsible for in a single game was 75 percent against Colorado in Boulder (Jan. 3, 2001). They scored 67 of OU's 89 points in OU's 89-69 win over the Buffs. In that game, Hill produced game highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while teammates Caufield and Dales contributed 22 and 20 points, respectively.
WINNING THE BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Oklahoma has six players averaging 4.5 or more rebounds per game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill's 7.0 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross with 5.9 and Jamie Talbert with 5.3 rpg. Senior LaNeishea Caufield ranks fourth on the team at 5.1 while freshman Dionnah Jackson is fifth with 4.9. Senior Stacey Dales averages 4.5 rpg.
ONE SHY OF SCHOOL DOUBLE DOUBLE RECORD
Junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one double-double away of matching the school's all-time record of 25 held by former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley (1997-2000). Hill has produced four double doubles this season and owns 24 for her three year career.
AUTOMATIC IN FINAL TWO MINUTES
Oklahoma has hit 78 percent (33-of-43) of its free throws during the final two minutes of the game. Two Sooners are perfect from the foul line within the final 120 seconds -- senior LaNeishea Caufield (7-7) and junior Caton Hill (2-2). In addition, senior Stacey Dales has hit 7-of-9 and senior Rosalind Ross has nailed 7-of-10 attempted free throws for 70 percent or better accuracy.