Women's Hoops Heads To Texas A&M This Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 24, 2002

Jan. 24, 2002

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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2001
7 P.M.
Reed Arena
College Station, Texas
KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

After taking Wednesday off, Oklahoma (15-2, 5-1 Big 12) returns to the court Saturday, Jan. 26, against Texas A&M at the Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. The game is not televised but Sooner fans may listen to the broadcast by tuning to KOMA (1520 AM) where Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action starting at 7 p.m. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.

Oklahoma picked up its fifth Big 12 Conference win and handed Texas its first league loss last Saturday, 89-69, to return to the leader position in the conference regular season title race. OU, Texas and Kansas State sits at the top of the Big 12 standings with just one loss each.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 12-7. The Sooners have swept the two-game series the last three years and won eight of the last 10 games against the Aggies. The Aggies were the first team Sooner Coach Sherri Coale defeated in her Big 12 coaching career. However, TAM holds a slim 5-3 advantage when playing in College Station.

OKLAHOMA (15-2, 5-2 BIG 12)
OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) have been the Sooners offensive and defensive unit this season. Each average more than 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Caufield leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 20.3 points per game, third in free throw percentage, shooting 88.6% (93-of-105) and third in steals with 2.65 per outing. Caufield, a first-team All-Big 12 selection a year ago, has been the top scorer for the Sooners in 11 of the team's 17 games. She's an all-around player who can play all five positions without missing a beat and is one of the league's best defenders.

Dales, 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year and Kodak All-American, quarterbacks the Oklahoma offensive as she averages a team-high 4.76 assists per game, sixth best in the league. One of the most versatile players on the team and in the Big 12, Dales is effective on both ends of the court as she averages 15.1 ppg and 4.5 rebounds.

Ross is a clutch three-point shooter as she averages nearly three treys a game. She ranks sixth in the conference in treys made per game and 21st in scoring, with 12.6 points per game. Despite not have an ACL, Ross has great mobility and is one of the team's top defenders.

Hill is Oklahoma's and Big 12 Conference best three-point shooter in terms of percentage, hitting 25-of-50 treys (50.0%). She's a double double waiting to happen. Playing for the USA Basketball's World University Games last summer allowed Hill to add numerous weapons to her offensive game. She's already registered a team-best four DD this season and has 24 for her career, one shy of matching the school record. Hill ranks 10th in the league in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game, 12th in field goal percentage (49.1%) and 11th in free throw percentage (80.0%) and 17th in scoring at 13.5 ppg. The 6-1 post player seems to step up to the challenge defensively when facing a bigger front line. Against Colorado, she grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds, vs. Texas Tech she had 10 boards and ripped down 11 at Baylor.

Senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.), OU's fifth starter, may not be a flashy player but she's an effective and consistent contributor to the Sooners success this season. Talbert averages 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 53.6 percent of her shots and 10th in offensive rebounds with 2.56 per game.

Freshman Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo.) brings a claim but sudden presents to the court as OU's top reserve. The Sooners don't lose a thing when Jackson's on the floor. She's one of the team's top rebounders at 4.8 boards per game. Jackson is also effective offensively, contributing 6.2 points and 3.4 assists per outing. A solid defensive player who's not afraid to guard the opponent's top perimeter shooter.

As a team, Oklahoma shoots 46.5 percent from the field, 72.5 percent from the foul line and 35.8 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 39.7-to-35.9, and dished out 266-206 more assists.

TEXAS A&M (10-8, 2-4 BIG 12)
Texas A&M (10-8, 2-4) enters Saturday's game riding a three-game losing streak. The Aggies haven't won a game since shocking then No. 6/5 Iowa State, 88-71, on Jan. 12, in College Station. TAM also defeated Kansas, 58-51, in Lawrence, Kan., in its Big 12 opener. Texas A&M is 6-3 at home and 2-4 went playing away from Reed Arena. The Aggies are tied for fifth place in the league race with Nebraska and Oklahoma State with 2-4 performances.

Junior forward Meg Banahan tops TAM with 11.6 points per game, while senior guard LaToya Rose contributes 10.8 ppg. Defensively, sophomore guard Toccara Williams and junior center Kim Moore averages a team best 5.3 and 5.2 rebounds per outing, respectively. Williams also pace the Aggies in assists with 7.6 and steals with 3.9 per game.

As a team, Texas A&M leads the Big 12 Conference in turnover margin with a +7.33 and steals with 16.06 per game. The Aggies are shooting 39.8 percent from the field, 28.0 percent from the three-point line and 63.6 percent from the foul line.

Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) has become one of the most talked about and respected head coaches in NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball. Coale was named the eighth head women's basketball coach in OU history on April 6, 1996. The Big 12 Coach of the Year for the past two seasons has directed the Sooners to the program's first back-to-back Big 12 regular season titles and NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Oklahoma compiled an overall record of 53-14 and a 28-4 mark in conference play the two seasons prior to the 2001-02 campaign.

Peggie Gillom (Mississippi, 1980) is in her fourth-season as the head coach for the Texas A&M women's basketball program. She brought an extensive resume with her to Aggieland as she served as an assistant coach on the collegiate level, WNBA and USA Basketball Olympic team. Gillom was an assistant coach for Van Chancellor at Mississippi for 16 years (1982-97), helping led the Lady Rebels to 14 NCAA post season appearances. She followed Chancellor to the WNBA in 1997 as an assistant coach for the Houston Comets, where they won two WNBA national titles (1997, 1998). Gillom also served as an assistant coach for Nell Fortner on the gold medal USA Basketball Olympic Team in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The same Olympic year that OU's Stacey Dales played for the Canadian National Team.

Oklahoma wraps up its two-game road stand on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Oklahoma State. OU journeys to Stillwater, Okla., to conclude its women's basketball Bedlam Battle with the Cowgirls inside Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m. This game will be televised by Sooner Sports Network.

Sherri Coale is just four wins shy of her 100th career victory as Oklahoma women's basketball head coach. Coale's six-year record at OU is 96-71. Only one other coach has surpassed this milestone at OU, Maura McHugh. McHugh served as the Sooners head coach for seven years, producing an overall record of 142-70 (.670 winning percentage). She is currently the head coach the Sacramento Monarchs of WNBA.

Ada, Oklahoma, natives LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill tops the Big 12 Conference in scoring and three-point field goal percentage, respectively. Caufield, a senior, averages 20.3 points per game and has scored 15-plus points in the last 13 outings. She has also surpassed the 20-point mark nine times, including five straight.

Hill, a junior, sports a league best three-point field goal accuracy of 50.0 percent. OU's power forward has hit 25-of-50 attempted treys this season. She also averages 13.5 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per outing. At Iowa State (Jan. 15), she matched a season-best of three made three-pointers. A year ago, she nailed a career-best four threes at Oklahoma State.

Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has become Oklahoma's silent killer for its opponents. The Wisconsin native has nailed 38 treys this season and 88 for her career to rank seventh on OU's all-time list. Ross averages 2.24 treys per game and connected on a career-high six threes to open the season against No. 9 Purdue. She also hit five threes against No. 12 Baylor on Jan. 12.

For the season, she ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 12.6 points and second in rebounds with 5.4 boards per game. The 5-9 guard has scored 20-plus points in three of her last six outings and four overall.

Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 418 points off their opponent's turnovers. Only 268 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's TOs. Thirty-one percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 391 turnovers to its 315.

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. In nine of the last 12 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 82 points at Baylor and accounted for 69 percent of the team's points twice this season.

Prior to the ISU game, the most points that the trio had ever been responsible for in a single game was 75 percent against Colorado in Boulder (Jan. 3, 2001). They scored 67 of OU's 89 points in OU's 89-69 win over the Buffs.

Junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one double-double away of matching the school's all-time record of 25 held by former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley (1997-2000). Hill has produced four double doubles this season and owns 24 for her three year career.



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