March 11, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior point guard Stacey Dales has been named to the Verizon Academic All-America Women's Basketball first team and was voted the Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Dales received second team Academic All-American honors last year, becoming the first player in OU women's basketball history to earn academic and athletic All-American honors in the same year.
Dales, a Naismith Player of the Year finalist, will leave Oklahoma as the school and Big 12 Conference all-time assists leader. She has 734 as OU heads into NCAA play, which ranks 27th on the NCAA all-time list.
The Canadian recently repeated her Big 12 Player of the Year honors after leading Oklahoma to a league best 14-2 record. The communication major tops the team with 17.3 points and 5.0 assists per game. She also averaged 22.3 ppg, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and shot 60.5 percent from the field and 52.9 percentage from behind the arc during OU's Big 12 Tournament title run that earned her most valuable player honors Saturday.
"I'm very thrilled to be named an Academic All-American and particularly to be voted as the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year," Dales said. "It's a huge honor and something that I think is often overlooked in athletic endeavors. I'm very proud to represent the University of Oklahoma this way.
"We have whole team of Academic All-Americans. Everyone excels in the classroom because it's a point of emphasis on our team. We take a lot of pride in academics and how we balance the two (athletics and academics)."