Feb. 8, 2002
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OKLAHOMA SET TO HOST TEXAS A&M SATURDAY
The third-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team (19-2, 9-1 Big 12) concludes its three game homestand Saturday (Feb. 9) with a 3 p.m. match up against Texas A&M (12-10, 4-6) inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Both teams are coming off of wins on Tuesday. OU defeated 10th-ranked Baylor, 69-60, at home, while the Aggies handed Oklahoma State a 70-65 loss in Stillwater.
Saturday's game can be heard on the OU radio network at 1520-AM (KOMA). Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.
OU is currently on a five-game winning streak, while Texas A&M is on a two-game winning streak. TAM has upset two nationally-ranked teams this season both in College Station; than-No. 14 Texas, 70-65, and then-No. 5 Iowa State, 88-71. Oklahoma sports a 6-2 record when playing top-25 teams and a 3-1 mark when faced with teams in the top 10. Texas A&M is 1-2 against top 10 team and 2-5 vs. top 25 teams.
SERIES RECORD - OU LEADS 13-7
Earlier this season, Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a 72-40 loss in College Station, extending its all-time series to 13-7 over the Aggies. OU has won seven straight games and swept the two game series the last three years. The Sooners also sport an overall mark of 8-1 when playing Texas A&M in Norman.
The Aggies were the first team Sooner Coach Sherri Coale defeated in her Big 12 coaching career.
OKLAHOMA (19-2, 9-1 BIG 12)
Oklahoma will attempt to remain in solo possission of the Big 12 race as the Sooners are the only team with just one loss. OU is 9-1 in league play, followed closely by Kansas State at 9-2. Oklahoma has just six regular season games remaining but must travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face K-State, cross the Red River for its second game against Texas and go to the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri.
The conference title is still a long ways away but if the Sooners dominate its last six opponents like they have its last five OU should remain at the top of the leader board. After suffering its only league loss at Iowa State, OU has conveniently defeated its last five opponents by a scoring margin of +18.2 points.
OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) continues to be successful on both ends of the court. Each Sooner averages better than 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game overall.
Caufield continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game. Dales has gradually increased her points per game to 16.3, while Hill contributes 12.7 and Ross adds 11.7. Defensively, Hill remains Oklahoma's top rebounder at 7.3 boards per outing. She's followed by senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.) 5.3 rpg and Ross' and Caufield's 5.2. Dales and freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ), who's the first off the bench, collects 4.9 boards per outing.
As a team, Oklahoma shoots 45.7 percent from the field, 73.7 percent from the foul line and 34.4 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 40.0-to-35.3, and dished out 352-266 more assists.
TEXAS A&M (12-10, 4-6 BIG 12)
Texas A&M (12-10, 4-6) enters Saturday's game riding a two-game winning streak. The Aggies have knocked off Iowa State, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State in Big 12 action. TAM is 3-4 when playing road games and 2-5 when playing top 25 teams. The Aggies are tied for sixth place in the league race with Missouri at 4-6.
The Aggies, like the Sooners, have four players averaging 10-plus points per game. Junior forward Meg Banahan tops TAM with 11.8 points per game, while senior guard LaToya Rose contributes 10.9, followed by junior center Kim Moore's 10.7 and sophomore guard Toccara Williams' 10.0 ppg. Defensively, Moore and Williams averages a team-best 5.6 and 5.4 rebounds per outing, respectively. However, in Big 12 play the duo is averaging 6.9 and 5.8 boards per game. Williams tops the Aggies in assists with 6.6 and steals with 4.0 per game.
As a team, Texas A&M leads the Big 12 Conference in turnover margin with a +6.50 and steals with 15.95 per game. The Aggies are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 27.1 percent from the three-point line and 64.0 percent from the foul line.
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.
UP NEXT FOR THE SOONERS
The Sooners will travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face 11th-ranked Kansas State (21-3, 9-2 Big 12) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The Wildcats suffered their first Big 12 loss to Oklahoma State, 68-60, in Stillwater, Okla., on Jan. 19, while Iowa State handed KSU its first home loss, 86-72, of the year on Feb. 2. Kansas State's lineup consist of three freshman, a sophomore and a senior. The starters make up 89.6 percent of the team scoring and 75.4 percent of the rebounding.
HOME STREAK ON THE LINE
Both the Oklahoma men's and women's basketball programs currently sport an impressive home winning streak. The men have won 19 straight and 28 of its last 29 games, while the women own an 18 home game winning streak and have won 24 of its last 25 games at the Lloyd Noble Center. Over the past two years, the Sooner fans have assisted in an overall record of 52-2 at the LNC.
The women's streak ranks as the fourth best home winning steak in the NCAA this season. The Sooners have not lost a game at home since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79). Notre Dame (48), Connecticut (43), Purdue (23) and Holy Cross (18) holds the top four spots.
The Sooners play three of their last six conference games at home. Oklahoma is the only team in the Big 12 Conference with a flawless home mark, 9-0.
If Oklahoma defeats Texas A&M Saturday, it will mark the third consecutive year that Oklahoma has won at least 20 games in a season. Overall, OU has produced eight 20-win seasons. Sooner coach Sherri Coale has coached two of those eight teams.
Since losing to Ioa State, All-America candidate Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) has taken a more active role in Oklahoma's offense. Over the last five games, the senior guard has averaged a team-best 21.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.
She also ranks second in rebounds with 6.4 boards per outing while playing 31.0 minutes a game. Dales has connected on 40-of-81 shots for a 49.4 field goal percentage. She's also made 22-of-24 attempted free throws for an impressive 91.7 percentage.
Dales as scored 20-plus points in three of the five games and has had six-or-more rebounds in all five contests. Her assists/turnover ratio has been 1.9.
In Oklahoma's final 20 minutes against Texas A&M (Jan. 26) and first 20 minutes verus Kansas (Feb. 2) the Sooners only allowed nine field goals between the two teams.
The Aggies were only able to connect on four field goals and make three free throws en route to scoring just 11 points. TAM's 11 points marked an Oklahoma school record for fewest points allowed in a half. Texas A&M shot 14.3 percent from the field in the second half.
The Sooners also held the Aggies to their second worst offensive production in program history of 40 points.
Kansas was only able to hit 5-of-26 field goals for a 19.2 field goal percentage in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Jayhawks were held to just 12 points, which ties the second fewest points allowed by an Oklahoma team.
The previous record was held by Tulsa (1985) and San Diego (1999) who only scored 12 points against the Sooners.
COALE WINS 100TH GAME
Sherri Coale reached a milestone Tuesday night. The sixth head coach won her 100th career game against Baylor. She also won her 50th Big 12 Conference game and captured her 50th home win inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Coale's six-year record at OU is 100-71 and conference mark is 50-40.
She becomes the first coach in OU history to win 50 conference games and one of only two coaches to win 100-plus games. Former Sooner coach Maura McHugh achieved this milestone while coaching at OU during the 1980s (1981-87, 7 yrs.). McHugh produced an overall record of 142-70 (.670 winning percentage). She is currently the head coach the Sacramento Monarchs of WNBA. McHugh was scouting Tuesday's games between OU and Baylor.
HILL SCORES 1,000 POINTS
Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) became one of three current Sooner to have scored better 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 Saturday. She now has 1,012 points as a Sooner. Hill has scored 20-or-more points four times this season. Hill tied a career high with four three-point field goals made against the Jayhawks. She also had eight boards, marking the 10th time this season she's led OU in rebounds.
Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has six players averaging 4.9 or more rebounds per game. Four players average better than 5.0 boards a game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.3 boards per game, followed by senior Jamie Talbert's 5.3 rpg. Inaddition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Rosalind Ross' averavges 5.2 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson and senior Stacey Dales are tied for fourth on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game.
Colorado has six players averaging 4.3 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.1-or-more rebounds per game.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 657 points off their opponent's turnovers. Only 366 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's TOs. Of OU's total points, 39.8 percent have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 484 turnovers to its 395.
DOMINANCE DOWN LOW
Even thought Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 42.4 percent of their points in paint. Oklahoma has registered 700 of its 1652 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents has only scored 396 points within this area.
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 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 11 of the last 14 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 total points in both games against Baylor.