Jan. 21, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma hopes to extend its winning streak to six games when it meets Colorado at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday.
The Sooners (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) are unbeaten in conference play and have won five straight games since an 84-68 loss to top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 29.
The 25th-ranked Sooners have proven tough to beat at home, winning eight of their nine home games this season.
Playing their first game in four years as a ranked team, the Sooners used a tight perimeter defense to hold Texas scoreless over the final three minutes of a 76-73 victory Wednesday night.
Oklahoma got 20 points from Caton Hill, including the go-ahead basket with 1:26 remaining. Hill scored nine of Oklahoma's final 18 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Sooners can attribute a large amount of their success this season to a high-scoring offense and high-percentage shooting. Oklahoma is scoring 80 points a game and hitting just under 50 percent of its shots from the field.
Senior forward Phylesha Whaley is scoring a team-high 19.1 points to go along with her 8.4 rebounds.
Colorado (6-9, 1-3) heads into Saturday's match up after snapping a five-game losing streak with a 62-47 win over Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Since a 78-70 upset of then-No. 20 Illinois on Dec. 28, the injury-plagued Buffaloes lost the next five games by an average of 21.4 points. Colorado has been dressing just nine players.
The Buffaloes hold a decisive 31-9 edge in the all-time series against the Sooners.