Women's Hoops Hosts Nebraska In Battle Of Big Reds

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 15, 2002

Feb. 15, 2002

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  • Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002
  • 4 P.M.
  • Lloyd Noble Center
  • Norman, Okla.
  • KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

    With a 19-game home winning streak on the line, the third-ranked Oklahoma (21-2, 11-1 Big 12) women's basketball team will host Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OU owns the fourth best home winning steak in the NCAA (19 games). The Sooners are the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has a flawless home court record, 10-0 overall and 6-0 Big 12. Oklahoma has not lost a game at the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79).

    Saturday's game follows the men who host Kansas State at 12:45 p.m.

    OU has four regular season Big 12 games remaining, two home and two on the road.

    Listen to women's basketball action on KOMA-AM (1520) where Jim Byers (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the OU radio network. Sooner fans may also listen to the broadcast over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.

    Saturday will be the 39th meeting between Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers hold the all-time series advantage, 20-18, but Oklahoma has the edge when playing in Norman, 12-4. The Sooners are on a two-game winning streak against Nebraska, 91-69 (2000) and 84-62 (2001). Prior to the 2000 season, NU had won five straight against the Sooners. Yearly results are located on page 4 of this release.

    OKLAHOMA (21-2, 11-1 BIG 12)
    With four games remaining in Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the conference race by two-an-a-half-games. The Sooners have won its last seven conference games by a scoring margin of +16.4 points. However, OU still must travel to Austin (Texas) and Columbia (Missouri) before wrapping up its home schedule with Texas Tech.

    OU's experienced 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. They each average better than 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The quartet accounts for 76 percent of OU's scoring and 58 percent of its rebounds.

    Caufield continues to lead the Sooners in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game. Dales has gradually increased her points per game to 16.3, while Hill contributes 13.1 and Ross adds 11.4. Defensively, Hill remains Oklahoma's top rebounder at 7.3 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' 5.4 rpg, Caufield's 5.2 and Dales' and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.), 5.1 board per contest. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.8 boards per outing.

    As a team, Oklahoma shoots 45.4 percent from the field, 74.7 percent from the foul line and 34.5 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 916-to-817, and dished out 385-292 more assists.

    NEBRASKA (14-11, 4-8 BIG 12)
    Nebraska (14-11, 4-8) has won two straight games after losing four in a row. The Cornhuskers recently defeated Kansas, 77-70, Wednesday after thumping then-No. 11 Kansas State, 67-52, in Lincoln. The victory over K-State is the only win Nebraska has over a ranked opponent this season.

    NU is lead by Keasha Cannon's 13.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The 5-10 junior guard had a career-high 27 points in NU's win over Kansas State last Sunday. She also leads the Cornhuskers in assists with 95 and steals with 52. In conference games, she's averaging 15.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Freshman Katie Robinette and sophomore Shannon Howell offers Nebraska 9.7 and 9.0 ppg, respectively. Robinette also grabs 6.2 boards per outing.

    As a team, Nebraska shoots 41.7 percent from the field, 70.4 percent from the foul line and 30.7 percent from the arc. The Cornhuskers also hold a 1017-to-968 rebounding edge over their opponents.

    Paul Sanderford (Methodist, 1972) is in his fifth-season as the head coach for the Nebraska women's basketball program and 20th overall as a Division I head coach. He is one of only 10 active coaches to take three or more of his teams to the NCAA Womens' Final Four. He has also had 15 20 win seasons and captured eight conference titles. Prior to NU, Sanderford was the head coach at Western Kentucky for 12 years where he guided four teams to the NCAA Final Four, including the 1992 team that appeared in the national title game.

    A WIN WOULD...
    If Oklahoma beats Nebraska Saturday, the Sooners would clinich at least a share of the 2002 Big 12 regular season title. Ironically, Oklahoma defeated the Cornhuskers to clinch a share of the 1986 Big Eight regular season crown. If OU wins at least two of its last four games, the Sooners will win the regular season title out right for the second straight year. OU tied Texas Tech and Iowa State for the crown in 2000.

    The Sooners will have a two-game road stand next week. OU travels to Austin, Texas to face No. 18/17 Texas (16-7, 7-5) on Tuesday, before its game in Columbia, Mo., against Missouri (14-9, 5-7) on Saturday.

    SHE'S BAACK...
    After hitting 5-of-11 three pointers at Baylor (Jan. 12), senior Rosalind Ross lost her touch from beyond the arc for a few games. The deadly three-point specialist regained her offensive weapon at Kansas State Wednesday. She nailed 5-of-9 three pointers, three critical back-to-back-to-back threes to jump start Oklahoma's scoring.

    Ross had 17 points and added eight rebounds and three assists to her totals against the Wildcats.

    For the season, Ross is averaging 11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg and shooting 34.8 percent from the three-point line.

    Oklahoma is a very unselfish team. Of OU's 649 field goals made this year, 59.3 percent have been assisted. Senior Stacey Dales leads the team with 4.8 assists per game, followed by freshman Dionnah Jackson who comes off the bench for 3.6 apg. In addition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Rosalind Ross each distributes 2.3 assists per outing.

    Oklahoma has made 378 free throws this season, while OU's opponents have only attempted 400, making 287. The Sooners have attempted 506.

    For the second time this season and third in her career, senior All-American guard Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) scored at least 20 points and had 10 rebounds in the same game. The Canadian accomplished this against Texas A&M on Feb. 9, at the Lloyd Noble Center. She had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career, moving her to No. 9 among OU's all-time greats for most double-doubles.

    Earlier this season she had 21 points and 11 rebounds against TCU (Nov. 27). The only other time Dales has had a 20-10 performance was at Texas (Jan. 23), during her redshirt freshman campaign. She had 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds against the Longhorns.

    OU plays two of its last four games on the road. The Sooners host Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Norman before traveling to Texas and Missouri the following week. Oklahoma closes its regular season schedule by hosting Texas Tech on Feb. 27, senior night.

    After hitting 39-of-41 free throws against Baylor and Texas A&M last week Oklahoma moved up to No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for best free throw accuracy, 95.1 percent. The Sooners were ranked No. 5 in this category last week.

    Against Texas A&M, Oklahoma went a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe, a first in OU coach Sherri Coale career.

    There are currently four Sooners that are on hitting streaks at the foul line. Senior Stacey Dales has made 24 straight free throws, while senior Rosalind Ross is a perfect 12-of-12 and junior Caton Hill has made 11 straight.

    Oklahoma has outrebounded 16 of its 23 opponents this season, including nine Big 12 teams. The Sooners sport a +4.3 rebounding margin ranking them fourth 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.

    Oklahoma committed a season-low 11 turnovers against Kansas State Wednesday. One of OU's primary focus this season has been to take care of the basketball. To date, OU has 416 turnovers compared to its opponents' 528. The Sooners have scored 704 points off their opponent's fumbles while only 401 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's turnovers. Of OU's total points, 39.0 percent have come from opponents mistakes.

    Even thought Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 43.3 percent of their points in the paint. Oklahoma has registered 778 of its 1,795 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents have only scored 454 points within this area.

    Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has all five starters averaging better than 5.0 rebounds per game. The Sooners are also the only team in the league with six players averaging 4.8 or more rpg.

    The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.3 boards per game, followed by senior Rosalind Ross' 5.4 and LaNeishea Caufield's 5.2 rpg. Seniors Jamie Talbert and Stacey Dales averages 5.1 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson grabs 4.8 rpg.

    Colorado has six players averaging 4.0 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.3-or-more rebounds per game.

    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 nine of the last 10 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.



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