By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 10, 2001
Dec. 8, 2001
No. 3 / 4 Oklahoma vs. Montana State
December 8, 2001
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma moves to 9-0 on the 2001-2002 season with the 86-62 victory, while Montana State falls to 4-4.
OU is now just one win shy of the best start in school history, when the 1984-85 squad won its first 10 games. The nine wins to begin this season are the best under Head Coach Sherri Coale.
Oklahoma has now won 13 consecutive non-conference regular season games, dating back to Dec. 16, 2000.
OU and MSU are now even at 1-1 in the all-time series. MSU defeated the Sooners, 86-80, at the 1989 BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah.
The loss snaps a three-game win streak by the Bobcats.
LaNeishea Caufield began the game by shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field (including one three-pointer) and 5-for-5 from the free throw line, good for 22 points. Her first missed shot of the night came with 17:24 left in the second half.
Caufield's 33 points are a career high and, in addition, are the most scored by a Sooner this season. Her previous career high of 32 points came against Missouri on Feb. 27, 1999. Today was the sixth time this season she has led OU in scoring.
In today's game, Caufield moved into third place on the all-time OU scoring list with 1,685 points. She passed Jacquetta Hurley, who played from 1983-86.
Caufield has also made 23 free throws in a row, including her 10-for-10 performance against SMU on Wednesday night. She currently holds the school-record for consecutive free throws made with 29, set last season.
Caufield needs just four free throws made to become the school's all-time leader in free throws made.
OU held a 52-22 halftime lead and the 52 first-half points were the most scored by the team in the first half all season. Its' 30-point halftime lead was the second highest of the season (31 vs. Butler, Nov. 23).
OU shot an incredible 69.0% from the field in the first half (20-for-29). The Lloyd Noble Center record for best field goal percentage in a game by the Sooners is 67.2%, set Feb. 19, 1995 vs. Kansas.
Stacey Dales scored 13 points and added nine assists and two steals in today's game. She moved into seventh place all-time at OU in field goals made (547) and sixth place all-time in steals (204).
OU's "Triple Threat" of Caufield, Dales and junior Caton Hill accounted for 57 of Oklahoma's 86 points, 66.3%. Coming into today's game, the trio has scored 57% of OU's points.
OU held a 22-13 lead in the assist category and a 35-26 lead in rebounds today.