Nov. 6, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - In its second and final exhibition game of the season, the Oklahoma women's basketball team dominated Southwestern Oklahoma State, 82-46, in front of 1,534 fans Tuesday night at the Howard McCasland OU Field House. The win improves OU's exhibition record to 10-4 over the last five years. The Sooners were extremely balanced offensively, as four of the five starters scored in double figures. Caufield shot 8-for-9 from the field and led all scorers with 20 points. She also had five steals and four assists in 22 minutes of play. Forward Caton Hill followed with an impressive 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals performance. Both forward Jamie Talbert and guard Rosalind Ross scored 10 points on the night.
Oklahoma was dominant in the paint, out-rebounding the Lady Bulldogs 44-25, including a 19-9 edge on the offensive glass. On the night, the Sooners shot .476 from the field and held SWOSU to just .317 shooting. Head Coach Sherri Coale's squad also dished out 23 assists and pocketed 19 steals and picked up three blocked shots to SWOSU's five steals and seven assists.
"In another exhibition game, you find out a little bit more about your team, work on your substitutions, work on your timing together, try to get better at some things that weren't so good last week and we did," said Coale. "We got a lot better in a lot of different areas. It was really good for us not to shoot the ball very well in the first half. We figured out how to win and how to be successful without going 8-of-10 from the three-point line, like we did last week."
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Ashlee Hamar's eight points and forward Andrea Mauldin added seven points. SWOSU was just 13-for-41 from the field on the night, and was held to just 19 second-half points. Southwestern Oklahoma State is coming off a 9-17 season in the Lone Star Conference.
In the 1970s, Oklahoma and SWOSU played each other a total of five times, with Southwestern Oklahoma State winning three of those five games. Oklahoma won the last two contests, in 1978 and 1979, by a combined margin of 37 points.
In recently release Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, the Sooners ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
OU is one of four top 10 teams that tips-off the 2001-02 women's college basketball season this weekend. Third-ranked Duke (30-4), No. 5 Oklahoma (28-6), No. 7 Texas Tech (25-7) and No. 9 Purdue (31-7) will participate in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Duke, in Durham, N.C., on Sunday, Nov. 11. Each participant in this year's prestigious event are coming off of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, including Purdue's NCAA runner-up finish. Duke and Texas Tech opens to day on ESPN with a 1 p.m. EST tip-off, followed by Oklahoma-Purdue on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Oklahoma's first regular season home game will be on Tues., Nov. 27 against Texas Christian at the newly-remodeled Lloyd Noble Center.