Nov. 8, 1999
Coach Coale's Postgame Audio
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NORMAN, Okla. - Sophomore guard LaNeishea Caufield scored a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team to a 91-52 victory over Norrkoping Proderm of Sweden in its first exhibition game of the season Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. Senior Phylesha Whaley ended the evening scoring 12 of her 16 points in the final 20 minutes while sophomore Stacey Dales added 12 points and team-highs nine assists and five steals. In addition, junior center Desiree Taylor pitched in 11 points and shot 80 percent from the field.
Oklahoma started slow allowing the Norrkoping Proderm to take a 14-10 lead with 14:08 left in the first half. After brief lead, the Flamingos tied the game at 22 on a three-pointer by Katja Lefwerth. However, Oklahoma went on an 18-4 run to reclaim the lead at 40-26. OU ended the first-half shooting 58 percent from the field and a 47-31 advantage.
OU tightened its defense in the second half and held Norrkoping Proderm to a mere six field goals and a shabby 24 percent shooting from the field. Whaley, a preseason All-American, stepped up for the Sooners shooting 50-percent from the field (7-14), grabbed five boards and pocketed four steals.
Oklahoma forced the Sweden into 33 turnovers and on the evening while scoring. 34 points in the paint. The Sooners registered 18 steals, led by Dales' game-high five swipes. Oklahoma continues to be a strong rebounding team, as the Sooners out rebounded the Flamingos, 40-33.
The Sooners also got solid production from its bench as the subs contributed 28 points.
Head Coach Sherri Coale was pleased with the effort that her team put forth in its opening competition on the season.
"I think we got what we wanted to get out of it," commented Coale. "Just going up and down the floor and playing somebody other than ourselves. We got to see a bunch of different combinations together and we tried to keep our freshmen on the floor as much as we could to give them a little bit of experience. I thought they got a lot better as the night went on."
The team hosts its final exhibition game on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center against Club Gija Marijampole of Lithuania.