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    Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
    vs. Texas Tech
    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002 - 7:30 P.M.
    Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
    FOX Sports Network
    KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

    OKLAHOMA CLOSES REGULAR SEASON AGAINST TEXAS TECH
    After winning its second straight outright and third consecutive Big 12 Conference regular season title, the fifth-ranked Oklahoma (23-3, 13-2 Big 12) women's basketball team will host No. 15 Texas Tech (17-9, 8-7 Big 12) Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular season home game. The women's basketball program wants to honor its six seniors, LaNeishea Caufield, Jennifer Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Rosalind Ross, Shannon Selmon and Jamie Talbert, with a sold out arena at the Lloyd Noble Center. Two-for-One admission tickets can be purchased at the OU Athletic Ticket office or at the Lloyd Noble Center. Fans may also visit the Official OU Athletic web site at www.soonersports.com for a printable 2-for-1 admission coupon.

    This game will be televised by FOX Sports Network and broadcasted by KOMA (1420 AM) radio. Bill Land (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) will team up Wednesday to bring you top 25 women's baskteball action while Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the OU radio network. This broadcast will also air over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.

    This season, Oklahoma boasts an 7-3 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10 teams. Texas Tech has a 5-6 mark vs. top 25 teams and 2-3 mark when playing top 10 teams.

    The senior ceremony and Big 12 Championship celebration will take place following the conclusion of the game.

    OU WINS SECOND STRAIGHT, THIRD CONSECUTIVE AND FOURTH OVERALL CONFERENCE CROWN
    With a 20-point victory (90-70) over Missouri in Columbia Saturday, the Sooners captured their second straight outright and third consecutive Big 12 Conference regular season title. OU shared the 2000 crown with Iowa State and Texas Tech. The Sooners have now matched TTU for most Big 12 regular season titles with three. It also marks Oklahoma's fourth overall conference title. OU won the Big Eight crown in 1985-86 with a 10-4 record.

    Sherri Coale on winning the regular season or tournament title:
    "If I had to chose on winning the tournament or regular season title, I would take the regular season title. It's a reflection of being good over time and isn't longevity the real test? Winning the Big 12 championship means you were good for two months. That's important to me and this team. That's something significiant. I would rather not choose, I would rather have them both."

    SERIES RECORD - TTU LEADS 17-6
    Oklahoma won its third straight over Texas Tech earlier this season with an 80-68 victory in Lubbock. OU has taken four of the last five games against Tech. However, the Lady Raiders lead the all-time series 17-6. Oklahoma picked up its first win in Lubbock last year when the Sooners defeated the Lady Raiders, 84-66, in front of 13,905 TTU fans. OU swept the two-game series with Tech in 2001. Prior to 2000, TTU won 12 straight games against the Sooners. Yearly results are located on page 5 of this release.

    OKLAHOMA (23-3, 13-2 BIG 12)
    Winners of three Big 12 titles, Oklahoma is set to conclude its 2001-02 regular season at home Wednesday. Ranked fifth in both the AP and Coaches' polls, Oklahoma continues to be led by its experienced quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.). The quartet accounts for 75 percent of OU's scoring and 57 percent of its rebounds.

    Caufield continues to lead the Sooners in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. Dales has increased her points per game to 16.7, while Hill contributes 12.9 and Ross adds 11.4. Defensively, four of five starters average 5.0 rebounds per game. Hill tops the team with 7.1 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' 5.4 rpg and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.), 5.3. Senior All-America candidates Caufield and Dales also grab 5.0 and 4.9 rebounds per game, respectively. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.7 boards per outing.

    As a team, the Sooners are shooting 45.6 percent from the field, including a solid 35.4 percent from three-point range. OU also has been strong at the foul line, hitting 73.3 percent of its free throws attempts as a team. The Sooners have outscored their opponents, 410-340, at the foul line. Oklahoma's presence on the glass is evident as the Sooners own a positive rebounding margin of +3.7 (39.5-35.7). The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 998-to-890, and dished out 107 more assists (423-to-316).

    TEXAS TECH (17-9, 8-7 BIG 12)
    Texas Tech, who's ranked 15th in the both AP and Coaches' polls, has gone 8-6 since last facing the Sooners on Jan. 5. Prior to facing OU, Tech had won seven straight games including an upset win over then No. 3 Vanderbilt, 81-71, in the Triple Crown Classic.

    Three Lady Raiders enter Wednesday's game averaging 10-plus points per game. Sophomore Jia Perkins boasts a team-best 16.3 ppg, while senior Amber Tarr averages 12.3 ppg and sophomore Natalie Ritchie contributes 10.7 ppg. Freshman center reserve Cisti Greenwalt and sophomore center Jolee Ayers top the team with 6.4 and 6.3 rebounds per game, respectively. Ayers has been the most improved for Tech since the departure All-Big 12 Plenette Pierson, who was suspended earlier this season because of disciplinary reasons.

    As a team, TTU averages 73.3 points and 40.7 rebounds per game. They also shoot 44.0 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from the arc and 63.6 percent from the foul line.

    Marsha Sharp (Wayland Baptist, 1974) is in her 20th year at the helm of the Texas Tech women's basketball program. She sports an overall record of 476-149 and ranks seventh among winningest active coaches in Division I. She has led the Lady Raiders to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 12 consecutive, and eight NCAA Sweet 16 and three Elite Eight appearances. Texas Tech won the national championship in 1993. Sharp and the Lady Raiders have won three Big 12 regular season titles (1998-2000) and two tournament crowns (1998, 1999). A 1974 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Sharp was named the National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. She also earned Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors seven times, five consecutive.

    SOONERS STRONG AT HOME
    Oklahoma owns the NCAA's fifth best home winning streak of 20 games. The Sooners are the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has a flawless home court record, 11-0 overall and 7-0 Big 12. Oklahoma has not lost a game at the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79). Notre Dame currently holds the longest active home winning streak of 51 games, followed by Connecticut's 46, Purdue's 24 and Holy Cross' 22.

    DALES VS. TECH
    Senior All-American Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario) enjoys playing Texas Tech as she averages 20.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.6 asssists per game. She also shoots 52.0 percent from the field (49-of-95) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (36-of-48) against the Lady Raiders. Dales' then-career high of 28 points was established in her first ever game against Tech on Jan. 6, 1999.

    NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
    Sooner fans, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is on track to host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center. For information on how to pre-order your tickets call the OU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-456-GoOU (4668). Last year's tournament was a sell-out, so get your tickets before it's too late!

    NCAA Selection Show is set for Sunday, March 10th.

    First and Second Round Dates:
    March 15 & 17 (Friday/Sunday) OR
    March 16 & 18 (Saturday/Monday)

    Tickets Information:
    All-Session tickets will cost $20 for adults and $15 for youth (ages - birth to college).

    SEWARD COUNTY JC CONNECTION
    Oklahoma's Jamie Talbert and Texas Tech's Candi White were teammates on the 2000 Jayhawk West Conference Championship team at Seward County Junior College in Liberal, Kan. That same team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and produced an overall record of 33-1.

    Talbert led the team in scoring with 23.7 points and rebounding with 10.0 boards per game. White was the floor general as she distributed a team-best 10.8 assists per outing and averaged 10.2 ppg. OU's Talbert was a first team National Junior College All-American. Tech's White received honorable mention recognition in 2000.

    Talbert left Seward County Junior College as the school's all-time scorer (1274) and rebounder (620), while White left SCJC with 577 career assists. Together the duo produced a two-year record of 65-5.

    CAUFIELD RANKS NO. 18 IN CAREER STEALS IN NCAA HISTORY
    Senior LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) currently ranks No. 18 among the NCAA all-time individual leaders in career steals. She has pocketed a school record 378 in nearly four seasons. The all-time record holder is Natalie White of Florida A&M (1995) who has 624 steals. Caufield could possibly move into the top 15 before season ends.

    DALES ON THE VERGE OF NCAA GREATNESS
    Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) surpassed ESPN sportscaster Beth Mowins (Lafayette) on the NCAA all-time assist list Saturday. Mowins held the No. 31 spot with 715 but Dales dished out five assists at Missouri to push her career total to 719, ranking 30th on the list.

    Dales owns OU's and the Big 12's career assists record. She is the only Big 12 player listed among the elite.

    DALES AND HILL EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTICT HONORS
    Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) were recently named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VI Team, chosen by the district's members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    Dales has a 3.73 grade point average in communications, while Hill maintains a 3.62 GPA in zoology.

    TALBERT'S PRESENT POSTED IN PAINT
    Over the last three games, senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.) is averaging a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game and ranks second for most with 13.0. Talbert, who ranks third in the Big 12 in field goal percentage, has shot 58.4 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.

    Talbert produced her first double-double of the season and second for her Sooner career with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Texas on Feb. 19. She also added four assists and three steals to her totals in 44 minutes of play against the Longhorns. Against Nebraska, she scored 19 points, hitting a season-best nine field goals, had eight rebounds and was 9-14 from the field (63.6%).

    Overall, Talbert averages 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and shoots 54.8 percent from the field.

    SOONERS 13TH IN ATTENDANCE
    Oklahoma is ranked 13th in an unofficial NCAA Division I Women's Basketball home attendance survey, which is compiled by the University of Wisconsin Women's Sports Information Office. The Sooners are averaging 5,798 fans overall, in Big 12 play 6,974 fans per game. Topping the overall chart is Tennessee's 15,234, followed by Texas Tech's 13,263 and Connecticut's 12,239 fans per game. Seven Big 12 schools rank among the nation's top 25 in fans per game.

    Nine of OU's 11 home games this season rank among the school's all-time top 25 marks including four in the top eight. The Sooners hosted a season best and fifth best all time 8,771 fans against Texas A&M on Feb. 9.

    SOONERS' TRIPLE THREAT
    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 60.0 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 against the Cyclones. The trio also combined for 70 percent of the team's total points in both games against Baylor.

    DALES ONE OF TWO TO...
    Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) is the ONLY player in Oklahoma women's basketball history to have scored 1,600 points, grabbed 600 or more rebounds and dished out more than 700 assists. She is also one of only two players in rank among the top 10 in each category. Etta Maytubby (1993-1996) is the other.

    REBOUNDING QUEENS
    Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has all five starters averaging better than 4.9 rebounds per game. The Sooners are also the only team in the league with six players averaging 4.7 or more rpg.

    The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.1 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross' 5.4 and Jamie Talbert 5.3 rpg. Seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales average 5.0 and 4.9 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson grabs 4.7 rpg.

    60% OF OU'S FIELD GOALS ARE ASSISTED
    Oklahoma is a very unselfish team. Of OU's 739 field goals made this year, 60.0 percent have been assisted. As a team, the Sooners have dished out 442 assists for a 17.0 per game average. Senior Stacey Dales leads the team with 5.0 assists per game, followed by freshman Dionnah Jackson who comes off the bench for 3.0 apg. In addition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Rosalind Ross distribute 2.2 and 2.1 assists per outing, respectively.

    CLEANING THE GLASS
    Oklahoma has outrebounded 17 of its 26 opponents this season, including 10 Big 12 teams. The Sooners sport a +3.7 rebounding margin ranking them fifth in the league. OU's largest rebounding margin has been 19 against Butler at the UTSA Tournament in December. Oklahoma out rebounded Texas A&M by 17 in College Station.

    TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
    Oklahoma committed a season-low 11 turnovers against Kansas State on Feb. 13. One of OU's primary focuses this season has been to take care of the basketball. To date, OU has 475 turnovers compared to its opponents' 598. The Sooners have scored 769 points off their opponent's fumbles while only 434 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's turnovers. Of OU's total points, 38.0 percent have come from opponent's mistakes.

    POWER IN THE PAINT
    Even though Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 44.0 percent of their points in the paint. Oklahoma has registered 894 of its 2,028 points off layups or in the free throw lane. OU's opponents have only scored 526 points within this area.

    HILL SCORES 1,000 POINTS
    Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) became one of three current Sooner to have scored more than 1,000 career points at Oklahoma. Hill joins teammates LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales, both seniors, in the 1,000-point club. The power forward scored a season- and game-high 21 points to break the 1,000-point barrier against Kansas on Feb. 2. She now has 1,086 points as a Sooner and needs just 10 points to break into the top 15 among OU's all-time great scorers. Hill has scored 20-or-more points in five games and tied a career high for three-point field goals made with four against the Jayhawks.

    A PERFECT K-10
    With 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M on Jan. 26, junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) matched Oklahoma's all-time school record of 25 double-doubles. She tied former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley's (1997-2000) mark. Hill has produced a team-high five double-doubles this season to tie for sixth in the Big 12 Conference for most DD. Four of Hill's double-doubles have been against Big 12 opponents, three on the road.

    AUTOMATIC IN FINAL TWO MINUTES
    Oklahoma has hit 76 percent (53-of-70) of its free throws during the final two minutes of the game. Senior LaNeishea Caufield is a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line in the final 120 seconds. In addition, senior Stacey Dales has hit 13-16, junior Caton Hill is 5-6 and freshman Dionnah Jackson has nailed 9-11 attempted free throws.

    45 STRAIGHT AMONG TOP 25
    Oklahoma entered the 2001-02 season with its highest ranking ever at No. 4 in the Associated Press and No. 5 USA Today/ ESPN Coaches Polls. The Sooners ended the 2001 season with a program best ranking of No. 7 in the AP and No. 10 in the coaches' poll.

    OU has been ranked in 45 straight polls. OU's first appearance under current Sooner coach Sherri Coale was Jan. 17, 2000. OU appeared among the AP Top 10 for the first time on Jan. 30, 2001. The Sooners' highest ranking was a No. 2 appearance for two weeks in this year's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls (Jan. 7, Jan. 14). Prior to this season, OU's previous high was 11th for the week of Jan. 12, 1986.