Feb. 14, 2000

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GAME #25
Texas (16-8, 7-4) at
#18/20 Oklahoma (20-4, 10-1)


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000
Arena: Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM) - Live
Internet: www.soonersports.com - Live
TV: News Now 53

THE GAME

Ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll and 20thd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, Oklahoma (20-4 overall, 10-1 Big 12) hosts Red River rival Texas (16-8, 7-4) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. This will be the second of the two-game series between the two teams. Oklahoma won the first game in Austin, 76-73, on Jan. 19.

The game with the Longhorns will be televised locally by News Now 53 out of Oklahoma City with Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) calling the action. The game also will be carried live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (KOMA 1520AM) with James Hale announcing.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Oklahoma returned to its winning ways with a 93-69 win over Oklahoma State Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. The Sooners now sit at the top of the Big 12 Conference with a league record of 10-1, followed by Iowa State's 9-2 mark. Overall, Oklahoma is 20-4 on the season, marking the first time in five years that an OU women's basketball team reached the 20-win plateau.

Sophomore point guard Stacey Dales paced the Sooners to a 24-point margin of victory over the Cowgirls with a game-high 25 points, including 17 in the first half. Dales hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. She also pulled down nine rebounds. The Sooners defeated the Cowgirls in every aspect, outrebounding OSU by 12 (39-27) and connecting on nine more shots from the floor.

Oklahoma State led only once in the game, 4-2, with 15:47 to play in the first half. The Sooners took a one-point lead on a three-pointer by Dales, and OU never trailed again. OU built an 18-point lead in the first half (38-23) and increased it to as many as 34 at 79-45 late in the second half.

OSU's Jennifer Crow led the team with 21 points, but the Cowgirls got just 12 points off the bench and could not stop Oklahoma's scoring. The Sooners shot 54.2 percent from the field as a team.

The Sooners have won 19 of their last 21 games.

LEADING THE SOONERS

Senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) has been OU's leading scorer in 14 of the team's 24 games, including five of the last seven outings against Big 12 schools. Whaley promotes her worthiness of All-America honors with her 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. She has unleashed 20-plus points against 12 teams and recorded double-digit scoring in all 24 games this season.

Whaley's supporting cast includes sophomore sensations LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales. Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is good for 14.1 points and a team-best 3.0 steals per game, while Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) adds a team- and Big 12 Conference-best 6.2 assists and 12.8 points per try.

Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one of the top newcomers in the league and probably the most consistent rookie among the Big 12 schools. Hill contributes 10.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.9 assists and shoots 50-percent-or-better from the field and foul line.

TEXAS LONGHORNS

Texas has not dropped a game at the Frank Erwin Center since the Sooners handed UT a 76-73 loss on Jan. 16. OU snapped the Longhorns' 10-game home winning streak and is currently only the 42nd team out of 337 to beat UT on its home court. It also marked the first week the Sooners were nationally ranked.

Since the two teams last met Texas has won four of its six games. UT is 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12 Conference with its most recent win coming against Baylor, 97-58, Saturday.

In conference play, Texas has lost to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas. UT has not dropped two consecutive games this year and its longest winning streak was four.

Against Baylor, All-America candidate and senior guard Edwina Brown notched her second career triple-double with a game-high 18 points, 10 rebounds and career-high tying and game-high 10 assists. Twelve of the 13 Longhorns who played scored for Texas. Brown, the nation's No. 3 scorer in NCAA Division I play, had her first triple-double last season when she registered 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Southwest Texas on Dec. 12, 1998, in a 91-55 Longhorn win in Austin.

Texas held the Lady Bears to 30.0 percent shooting from the floor (24-of-80), the third lowest shooting percentage by a Longhorn opponent this year. The Horns' 59.1 percent shooting from the field (39-of-66) was UT's best shooting performance of the season. The 97 points by the Longhorns were a season high, and the most points since a 99-59 UT win against Baylor on Feb. 21, 1998. The Longhorns, who moved their home record to 11-1 this season, dominated in the paint, outscoring the Lady Bears 56-22 in the lane. The other Longhorns in double-figure scoring included Carla Littleton (14), Alisha Sare (13) and JoRuth Woods (10).

Brown is one of two Longhorns who averages in double-digit scoring with a team-high 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. Sare contributes 12.1 points a game.

Probable Starters

Oklahoma

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.24-2419.88.21st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.24-2410.27.41st in def. rebs.
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.24-2414.14.73.0 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.24-2412.85.26.2 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.24-214.61.93.6 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.24-35.13.2
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.23-02.32.2
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.24-08.82.0

Texas

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F24Edwina Brown5-10Sr.24-2421.78.0
F50Dana Godfrey6-0So.24-104.65.8
C44Carla Littleton6-4Jr.24-185.26.3
G20JoRuth Woods5-10Jr.24-249.55.0
G32Asha Hill5-9So.24-217.93.5

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
G5Alisha Sare5-8Fr.24-412.11.4
F23Tracy Woods6-2So.14-126.96.1

THE SERIES

This is the second of the two-game series between the Sooners and Longhorns this year. Overall it's the 14th meeting between the two schools. Texas leads the all-time series 9-4, but had its perfect 6-0 home record come to an end on Jan. 16, 2000, when OU defeated Texas, 76-73, in Austin.

Texas won the first five meetings, dating back to 1980.

Last year the two teams split the two-game series with each team winning on its home court. OU also won in Norman in 1998, 97-84, and 1995, 95-85.

TEAM COMPARISONS

OVERALL GAMES

OUCATEGORYUT
20-4Records16-8
79.8Points75.7
39.9Rebounds44.4
.489FG%.431
.3533pt. FG%.343
.741FT%.675
19.5Assists15.2
10.5Steals10.9

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYUT
10-1Records7-4
80.9Points73.3
40.0Rebounds45.4
.497FG%.420
.3853pt. FG%.331
.738FT%.635
20.1Assists14.9
9.9STEALS11.7

Oklahoma vs. Texas Year-by-Year Recap

YearResultSiteMargin
1980L, 66-47Norman-19
1981L, 71-54Austin-17
1982L, 87-78site unknown-9
1986L, 85-59Austin-26
1994L, 84-78Austin-6
1995W, 95-85Norman+10
1997L, 87-69Austin-18
1997L, 76-58Norman-18
1998L, 78-44Austin-34
1998W, 97-84Norman+13
1999L, 81-73Austin-8
1999W, 71-69Norman+2
2000W, 76-73Austin+3

WHALEY NEARS 2,000 CAREER POINT

Senior All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) is just 24 points shy of scoring her 2000th career point. She currently has 1,976, ranking her second on OU's all-time scoring list.

NEXT UP

OU heads to Lubbock, Texas, to make its first-ever appearance on ESPN2. Texas Tech (19-3, 8-3 Big 12) will host the Sooners on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Calling the game will be Beth Mowins and Nancy Lieberman-Cline.

SOONERS BACK ON TOP

With Iowa State losing to Kansas State Sunday in Manhattan, Kan., the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team moved into first place in the Big 12 Conference with a league record of 10-1. ISU dropped to 9-2.

OU TOPS THE BIG 12

In Big 12 Conference games, OU leads the league in scoring (80.0) and field goal percentage (48.9). The Sooners also rank second in assists/turnover ratio (1.04), assists (19.33) per game, rebounding margin (+9.5) and free throw percentage (.739).

The most impressive stats are the Sooners' assists/turnover ratio and assists per game rankings. Just a year ago, OU ended the season ranked 12th (0.67) in assists/turnover ratio and 10th in assists (13.31).

DISHING IT OUT

OU sophomore Stacey Dales is one assist shy of matching her season total of 150 assists a year ago. Dales currently ranks third on OU's single season chart with 150 and is tied for fourth with 149 this year.

She is 94 assists shy of setting the Sooners' all-time single season record of 242 established by Sharee Mitchum during the 1993-94 campaign.

POCKET PICKING

Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield has pocketed 71 steals this season, three shy of her 74 steals a year ago. The Ada, Okla., native is just 39 steals shy of becoming Oklahoma's all-time best for most thefts in a single season.

HALF THE KEY

Oklahoma has not lost a game when leading at halftime. The Sooners boast an 18-0 mark when ahead at intermission.

INJURY REPORT

OU is injury free heading into the game.

TAKING NOTICE

When dishing out more assists, the Sooners are 18-0 ... when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, OU is 14-0 ... when attempting and making more free throws than its opponent, OU is 16-0 and 15-0, respectively.

WHALEY'S NOW NO. 2 IN CAREER POINTS AND REBOUNDS

Senior Phylesha Whaley currently ranks second on the school's all-time lists in scoring and rebounding. The 5-10 forward opened the year ranked third in scoring, eighth in rebounding and among the top 12 in 10 other categories.

Since the season started, Whaley has become the school's all-time leader in six categories: field goals attempted, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, consecutive games started and minutes played. She owns 1,976 career points and 828 career rebounds.

Former Sooner great Molly McGuire holds both records with 2,147 points and 1,071 boards.

SOONERS DROP FIRST ROAD GAME

Oklahoma's 71-56 loss in Ames, Iowa, marked the team's first road loss of the season. The Sooners boast a 9-1 record on opponents' home court this season.

SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS

Three players are currently climbing OU's single season record charts in 13 categories. Leading the way is senior forward Phylesha Whaley. Whaley, who already ranks among OU's single season greats in several areas, appears among OU's top 15 in seven categories this year. Sophomores LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales rank among the top-15 in four and two categories, respectively. Below is a chart of OU's single season chart chasers.

Single Season Record Chasers

Phylesha Whaley

3rdScoring Average19.8
4th3-FG% 46.9
5thFT% .816
8thOffensive Rebounds78
14thFGA184
14thRebounding Avg.8.2
12thFG% 53.5
16thDefensive Rebounds119

LaNeishea Caufield

6thFT% .814
8thFTM118
9thSteals 71
13thFTA145

Stacey Dales

8th3-FG%.386
15th3-FGM 32

FEBRUARY POSES A TEST

Oklahoma is embarking on its toughest stretch of the season. Five of the eight games that OU plays in February are against upper-division conference teams. Three games will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center and two on the road.

So far, OU has posted a 3-1 record in February, defeating Baylor, Oklahoma State and Nebraska and losing to Iowa State.

TAKING NOTE

In the 11 games that Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 Conference this season, OU boasts a 12.0 point margin of victory. OU's biggest wins were 28-point victories at home against Texas A&M and Baylor. The Sooners have handed five league opponents 20-point losses.

WHALEY EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS

Senior Phylesha Whaley has been named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week twice this season, marking the ninth time the poward forward has earned this honor in her four year career.

Whaley earned her second player-of-week honor in three weeks on Monday, Feb. 7, after OU defeated Baylor and Nebraska. Between the two games, she averaged 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Whaley averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50 percent from the field against Colorado and Texas to earn her first player of the week on Jan. 24.

DALES TOPS THE CONFERENCE

Sophomore Stacey Dales currently leads the Big 12 Conference in assists with 6.21 a game. She also ranks third in assists/turnover ratio (1.73) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.386). A year ago, Dales finished the season ranked fifth in assists and 13th in assists/turnover ratio.

LAST TIME OU WOMEN & MEN'S TEAM RANKED

The last time that Oklahoma's men's and women's basketball programs were ranked at the same time was during the 1994-95 season. There were three weeks that both programs appeared among the nation's best in the Associated Press poll.

CAUFIELD AUTOMATIC

Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is automatic when placed on the free throw line in the final minutes of the game. The 5-9 guard has connected on 19-of-20 attempted foul shot within the last two minutes of action. On the season, she has connected on 118-of-145 foul shots for 81.4 accuracy.

IT'S ALL-ACADEMIC

Eight women's basketball players were honored at halftime of the men's OU-Texas game, a game that was a part of Big Monday basketball on ESPN. Players who were honored earned a grade point average of 3.0-or-better for the fall semester. Honorees included: Jennifer Cunningham, Shannon Selmon, Angye Tilley, Stephaine Simon, Phylesha Whaley, Jamie Mayer, Stacey Dales and Caton Hill.

ATTENDANCE IS RISING

Oklahoma's home average attendance of 2,521 fans ranks 30th in the nation according to an unofficial home attendance chart complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office. The 30,251 fans who have already witnessed the excitement of OU women's basketball this season surpasses last year's season total of 20,257. The Sooners are 11-1 when playing at home.

BREAKING IN & MOVING ON UP

The Oklahoma women's basketball team first appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll on Jan. 31 and Associated Press poll on Jan. 17.

Prior to this year, the last time Oklahoma was ranked in the top 25 was on Feb. 28, 1995. The highest national ranking the Sooners have ever received was 11th in 1985-86. That season, OU was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 20-4, including an 19-2 run in its last 21 games.

TOPS IN NCAA

Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 20th with 20.0 points per game, while Dales is 17th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.3 a game. (as of Feb. 7)

As a team, Oklahoma appears among the best in scoring, rebounding margin, field goal percentage and win-loss percentage. OU is fifth in field goal percentage, (shooting 49.5 percent), sixth in rebounding margin (+9.5), eighth in win-loss percentage (.864, 19-3) and ninth in scoring (80.5). (as of Feb. 7)

RPI RANKINGS

In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is ranked ninth in the country. (as of Feb. 6)

Only Texas Tech (6th) from the Big 12 Conference ranks higher than the Sooners.

The Ranking Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is derived from three component factors: Division I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%). Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculation of the RPI.

NOTABLES

  • Oklahoma's 9-0 run to open the Big 12 Conference schedule is a league best.
  • Oklahoma assistant coach Kristi Hayes resigned Monday, Feb. 1. Hayes, who had been with the program for seven months, cited her mother's illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.
  • OU matched its second longest winning streak in school history at 10 games. The 1984-85 squad also accomplished this mark. The 1983-84 team holds the school record with 11 consecutive victories.
  • Oklahoma is 5-1 when playing a televised game.
  • Oklahoma set a record for the largest crowd to ever witness a women's sporting event in the state of Oklahoma when 10,713 fans watched the Connecticut game on Dec. 29. OU also set its fourth highest attendance figure of 5,512 against Colorado on Jan. 22. The 3,031 fans that watched OU thump Nebraska was the 15th largest crowd inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
  • OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.
  • Stacey Dales needs four assists to move to No. 3 on OU's all-time assists list. She ranks fifth with 299 career assists.
  • With LaNeishea Caufield's 71 steals this season, the sophomore from Ada, Okla., ranks 12th on OU's career list with 145.
  • In career blocks, Dales is tied for 13th with five this season, pushing her career total to 21.
  • Junior Desiree Taylor now ranks among OU's best in offensive rebounds with 124, ranking her 14th on the all-time list.
  • Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 10th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 62. Hardeman has hit 27 this year, surpassing her previous season high of 22 set as a freshman in 1997-98.
  • Oklahoma became the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go undefeated in the month of January (8-0).