Feb. 12, 2002

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    Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
    Vs. No. 12/12 Kansas State

    Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 - 7 P.M.
    Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, Kan.
    Sooner Sports Network - KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

    OKLAHOMA SET TO FACE KANSAS STATE IN BIG 12 SHOWDOWN
    Third-ranked Oklahoma (20-2, 10-1 Big 12) heads to Manhattan, Kan., to face 12th-ranked Kansas State (21-4, 9-3 Big 12) in a top 15 women's basketball showdown in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. OU sits at the top of the Big 12 standing with a 10-1 record followed closely by K-State's 9-3 mark.

    Wednesday's game against the Wildcats will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network (KSBI Channel 52 OKC (Cox Channel 9), KWBT Channel 19 Tulsa, KSWO Channel 7 Lawton, KOMI Channel 24 Woodward). Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (color) will call the action.

    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.

    OU is currently on a six-game winning streak, while K-State has lost two of its last three games, most recently to Nebraska, 67-52, on Sunday. The Sooners swept their two game series against Texas A&M, 67-51, Saturday.

    This season, Oklahoma boasts a 6-2 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10. KSU supports a 5-2 mark vs. top 25 teams but are undefeated when playing top 10 teams, 2-0.

    SERIES RECORD - KSU LEADS 21-18
    Kansas State leads the all-time series 21-18 but Oklahoma has won the last four games. KSU owns a 10-6 record over OU when playing in Manhattan. The Wildcats last win over the Sooners was an 81-56 decision during the 1997 Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. Wednesday will be the 40th meeting between the two programs.

    Last year, KSU's journey to Norman was quite eventful for the Wildcats. K-State did not arrive to Norman and the Lloyd Noble Center until tip time (7 p.m.) the day of the game. Bad weather prohibited Kansas State from traveling the day before.

    A year ago, the Sooners were ranked 10th in the nation when they defeated the Wildcats, 79-60, in Norman. Each OU starter posted double digits in scoring. Senior Stacey Dales recorded a double double with 20 points and 12 assists, while senior LaNeishea Caufield scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Senior Jamie Talbert had 11 points, junior Caton Hill added 10 points and nine rebounds and senior Rosalind Ross contributed 10.

    OKLAHOMA (20-2, 10-1 BIG 12)
    With five games remaining in Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the conference race by two-games. The Sooners have won its last six conference games by a scoring margin of +17.8 points. However, OU still must travel to Manhattan (Kansas State), Austin (Texas) and Columbia (Missouri) before wrapping up its home schedule with Texas Tech. The Sooners will also host Nebraska, who just upset Kansas State Sunday, this weekend.

    OU's experienced quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) continues to be successful on both ends of the court. They each average better than 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

    Caufield continues to lead the Sooners in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game. Dales has gradually increased her points per game to 16.5, while Hill contributes 12.8 and Ross adds 11.2. Defensively, Hill remains Oklahoma's top rebounder at 7.2 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' 5.3 rpg, and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.), Caufield's and Dales' 5.1 board per contest. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.9 boards per outing.

    As a team, Oklahoma shoots 45.8 percent from the field, 74.4 percent from the foul line and 33.6 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 877-to-786, and dished out 365-276 more assists.

    KANSAS STATE (21-4, 9-3 BIG 12)
    Kansas State (21-4, 9-3) is one of the youngest teams in the NCAA this season. The Wildcats' starting lineup often consist of three freshman, one sophomore and a senior. The starters make up 89.9 percent of the team scoring and 75.6 percent of the rebounding. Last week this group split its Big 12 games. K-State suffered a disappointing loss to Nebraska, 67-51, in Lincoln on Sunday but thumped Missouri, 79-61, in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. With its recent loss, K-State remains in second place in the league but is followed closely by Colorado who has an 8-4 conference record.

    Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year and all-conference candidate, Nicole Ohlde has taken over the scoring and rebounding leads for the Wildcats after averaging 24 points and 8.4 rebounds in the last five games. The 6-foot-4 center averages 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 blocks. In Big 12 play, she averages 20.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest.

    Freshman Laurie Koehn is K-State's second-leading scorer and she is the nation's top three-point threat. The 5-foot-8 guard is posting 17.7 points per game and is shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range. She averages 3.6 treys per game and 3.0 in Big 12 games. Rookie Kendra Wecker is doing a little of everything for the Wildcats. The 5-foot-11 forward is third on the team in scoring (16.3) and tied for first in rebounds (8.0). She is also dishing out 2.9 assists and making 1.5 steals. Wecker is shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

    Kansas State averages 77.4 points per game, and shoots 50.2 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, the 'Cats have shot 50 percent or better from the field in 13 of 25 games.

    Deb Patterson (Rockford College, 1979) is in her sixth-season as the head coach for the Kansas State women's basketball program. She ranks third as KSU's all-time winningest coach with 93 wins.

    EXPERIENCE VS. YOUTH
    Wednesday's game will feature two teams that are totally different in make up. Oklahoma has an upperclass line up as four seniors and one junior are among the starting five. Kansas State's line up features three freshmen, one sophomore and one senior.

    UP NEXT FOR THE SOONERS
    The Sooners will host Nebraska (13-11, 3-8 Big 12) on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. This game will be part of a double header as the men's game starts at 12:45 p.m. against Kansas State.

    20-10 FOR THE SOONERS
    For the second time this season and third in her career, senior All-American guard Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) scored at least 20 points and had 10 rebounds in the same game. The Canadian accomplished this against Texas A&M last Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. She had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career, moving her to No. 9 among OU's all-time greats for most double-doubles.

    Earlier this season she had 21 points and 11 rebounds against TCU (Nov. 27). The only other time Dales has had a 20-10 performance was at Texas (Jan. 23), during her redshirt freshman campaign. She had 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds against the Longhorns.

    For the last six games, Dales has seen her offensive production increase as she's leading the team in scoring with 21.2 points per game. She's also averaging 7.0 rebounds, second to Caton Hill's 7.8 boards per game. Dales has also dished out 4.7 assists and nailed 93.3 percent of her free throws during this time span.

    CHARITY GOOD TO SOONERS
    After hitting 39-of-41 free throws against Baylor and Texas A&M last week Oklahoma moved up to No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for best free throw accuracy, 95.1 percent. The Sooners were ranked No. 5 in this category last week.

    Against Texas A&M, Oklahoma went a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe, a first in OU coach Sherri Coale's career. There are currently four Sooners that are on hitting streaks at the foul line. Senior Stacey Dales has made 20 straight free throws, while senior LaNeishea Caufield has connected on 11 consecutive.

    Senior Rosalind Ross is a perfect 12-of-12 and junior Caton Hill has made nine straight.

    CLEANING THE GLASS
    Oklahoma has outrebounded 15 of its 22 opponents this season, including eight Big 12 teams. The Sooners sport an impressive +5.0 rebounding margin ranking them fourth in the league. OU's largest rebounding margin has been 19 against Butler at the UTSA Tournament in December. Oklahoma out rebounded Texas A&M by 17 in College Station.

    TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
    One of Oklahoma's primary focus this season has been to take care of the basketball. To date, OU has 416 turnovers compared to its opponents' 509. The Sooners have scored 683 points off their opponent's fumbles while only 385 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's turnovers. Of OU's total points, 35.0 percent have come from opponents mistakes.

    VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS
    Oklahoma is 23-74 went playing top 25 teams. The Sooners are 4-39 when facing teams ranked in the top 10 and 1-12 against teams among the top five. The lone win versus a top five program was against Colorado in 1993. OU defeated then fourth-ranked Colorado, 74-69, on Feb. 28.

    This season, Oklahoma boasts a 6-2 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10.

    HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
    Oklahoma is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has a flawless home court record. The Sooners are 10-0 while opponent Kansas State is 10-1. In league play OU is 6-0. K-State, Colorado and Baylor each only have one home loss at 5-1.

    DALES AND CAUFIELD NAMED FINALISTS FOR NAISMITH AWARD
    Seniors Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield have been named finalist for the 2002 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award announced Monday by the selection board. Oklahoma is one of three women's basketball programs that has multiple candidates as finalist.

    Top-ranked Connecticut has four of its five starters named, seniors Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Williams, and sophomore Diana Taurasi, while Tennessee's Kara Lawson, Michelle Snow and Gwen Jackson also made the cut.

    No other team had multiple candidates. The Big 12 Conference also had Baylor's Shelia Lambert and Iowa State's Angie Welle named as finalist. Duke's Alana Beard was the only player selected from the ACC.

    The Naismith Awards program, now in its 34th year and founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. This year's winner will be honored in Atlanta on April 5.

    The women's finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award (listed alphabetically): Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt), Alana Beard (Duke), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Swin Cash (Connecticut), LaNeishea Caufield (Oklahoma), Stacey Dales (Oklahoma), Deanna Jackson (UAB), Gwen Jackson (Tennessee), Sheila Lambert (Baylor), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Brandi McCain (Florida), Nicole Powell (Stanford), Michelle Snow (Tennessee), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), LaToya Thomas (Mississippi State), Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech), Angie Welle (Iowa State), Tamika Williams (Connecticut) and Shereka Wright (Purdue).

    The Naismith Board of Selectors, which includes some the country's leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators, began the selection process earlier this year.

    DOWN THE STRETCH
    OU plays three of its last five games on the road. The Sooners travel to Manhattan, Kan., on Wednesday to face Kansas State before hosting Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Norman. OU then faces a two-game road stand against Texas and Missouri. Oklahoma closes its regular season schedule by hosting Texas Tech on Feb. 27, senior night.

    HOME STREAK ON THE LINE
    Oklahoma currently owns the fourth best home winning steak in the NCAA of 19 games. The Sooners have not lost a game inside the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79). Notre Dame (49), Connecticut (44), and Purdue (24) holds the top three spots.

    HILL SCORES 1,000 POINTS
    Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) became one of three current Sooner to have scored better than 1,000 career points at Oklahoma. Hill joins teammates LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales, both seniors, in the 1,000-point club. The power forward scored a season- and game-high 21 points to break the 1,000-point barrier against Kansas on Feb. 2. She now has 1,032 points as a Sooner. Hill has scored 20-or-more points four times this season. Hill tied a career high with four three-point field goals made against the Jayhawks. She also had eight boards, marking the 10th time this season she's led OU in rebounds.

    CAUFIELD SCORES 59% IN THE PAINT
    Naismith Player of the Year candidate LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) has scored 59.4 percent of her points in the paint this season. The 5-9 guard isn't shy about mixing it up with opponent's post players. She has scored 394 points this season, 111 from the free throw line, and 168 points have come in the paint or off layups.

    REBOUNDING QUEENS
    Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has six players averaging 4.9 or more rebounds per game. Four players average better than 5.0 boards a game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.2 boards per game, followed by senior Jamie Talbert's 5.3 rpg. In addition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield, Stacey Dales and Rosalind Ross averages 5.1 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson grabs 4.9 rpg.

    Colorado has six players averaging 4.0 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.3-or-more rebounds per game.

    POWER IN THE PAINT
    Even thought Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 42.4 percent of their points in the paint. Oklahoma has registered 742 of its 1,719 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents have only scored 414 points within this area.

    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.) account for 61.0 percent of Oklahoma's scoring this season.

    Against Iowa State, the trio combined for a career-high 80 percent of the team's points. They scored 53 of the team's 66 points. For the last 10 games, Dales, Caufield and Hill have accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's total points. The trio also combined for 70 percent of the team's total points in both games against Baylor.