March 6, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Oklahoma certainly knows how to throw a farewell party.
The fourth-ranked Sooners ended Oklahoma State coach Dick Halterman's career with an 87-56 victory Wednesday in the second round of the Big 12 Conference women's tournament.
Stacey Dales and Dionnah Jackson each scored 23 points as the Sooners (25-3) advanced to Thursday's semifinals.
"I told him to enjoy the golf," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said of her conversation with Halterman following the game.
Halterman's contract was not renewed after 19 years at Oklahoma State. He is the winningest coach in school history with 332 victories.
The Sooners wasted little time, racing to leads of 8-0, 19-3 and 32-6.
"The first 12 minutes might be as well as anybody could play," Coale said. "It was pretty flawless. We did a lot of things really, really well. It's just a fabulous example of how you're supposed to play."
Dales, the Big 12's player of the year, scored 14 of the first 19 points. After Oklahoma State (16-15) hit two quick baskets to stop an Oklahoma 13-point run, Dales followed with a basket inside and Jackson scored 11 straight points to stretch the lead to 45-10. By halftime the Sooners led 49-21.
"In the first game of the tournament, I feel like it's important to set the tone early," Dales said.
It was more than the Cowgirls could handle. "I thought we were ready to play and I felt like we were capable of playing with them," Halterman said. "I think Oklahoma could win a national championship if they play like they played today."
The Sooners shot 60 percent from the field in the first half to 21 percent for the Cowgirls. Oklahoma also won the rebounding battle in the first half, 23-10, and finished with a 49-29 margin.
The second half was more of the same as the Sooners built the lead to as many as 39 points on two different occasions. The stifling Sooners defense held Oklahoma State to just 14 field goals in 49 attempts.
Shelby Hutchens led the Cowgirls with 12 points.
The Sooners threatened the tournament record for margin of victory. Iowa State's 37-point victory over Nebraska in the second round two years ago.