Women's Hoops Hosts No. 12 Texas This Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 18, 2002

Jan. 18, 2002

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Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
No. 12/12 Texas
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002
3 P.M. * Lloyd Noble Center * Norman, Okla.
KOMA Radio (1520 AM)

After losing its first Big 12 Conference game of the season, Oklahoma (14-2, 4-1 Big 12) is set to bounce back as the Sooners host No. 12 Texas (13-2, 5-0 Big 12) on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center. OU has won 15 straight home games and 21 of it last 22.

Saturday's Red River Rivalry is apart of OU's KOCO Pack-the-House campaign. Currently the Sooners have sold 5,000 tickets for the game. Also available to fans are discounted coupons, good for $4 admission, at all Oklahoma City Metro Carl Jr.'s locations.

Texas, who is tied for first place in the league, will be the fifth top 25 team that Oklahoma has played in its first six Big 12 games.

Sooner fans may listen to the broadcast by tuning to KOMA (1520 AM) where 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.

Texas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma 11-6. However, OU swept the 2001 two-game series by 11 points in each game. The Sooners also defeated Texas, 76-73, in Austin for the first time in school history in 2000. Head Coach Sherri Coale is 5-6 when playing the Longhorns. OU holds a 4-3 advantage when playing Texas in Norman.

OKLAHOMA (14-2, 4-2 BIG 12)
OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) have been the Sooners offensive and defensive unit this season. Each average more than 10 points and four rebounds per game.

Caufield leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 20.4 points per game, fourth in free throw percentage, shooting 89.6% (86-of-96) and fifth in steals with 2.6 per outing. Caufield, a first-team All-Big 12 selection a year ago, has been the top scorer for the Sooners in 11 of the team's 16 games. She's an all-around player who can play all five positions without missing a beat and is one of the league's best defenders.

Dales, 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year and Kodak All-American, quarterbacks the Oklahoma offensive as she averages a team-high 4.8 assists per game, fifth best in the league. One of the most versatile players on the team and in the Big 12, Dales is effective on both ends of the court as she averages 14.7 ppg and 4.4 rebounds.

Ross is a clutch three-point shooter as she averages nearly three treys a game. She ranks sixth in the conference in treys made per game, 11th in steals, pocketing 2.00 per outing and 20th in rebounding, grabbing 5.6 boards per game. Despite not have an ACL, Ross has great mobility and is one of the team's top defenders.

Hill is Oklahoma's and Big 12 Conference best three-point shooter in terms of percentage, hitting 23-of-47 treys (48.9%). She's a double double waiting to happen. Playing for the USA Basketball's World University Games last summer allowed Hill to add numerous weapons to her offensive game. She's already registered a team-best four DD this season and has 24 for her career, one shy of matching the school record. Hill ranks 10th in the league in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game, 12th in field goal percentage (49.7%) and free throw percentage (80.0%) and 17th in scoring at 13.6 ppg. The 6-1 post player seems to step up to the challenge defensively when facing a bigger front line. Against Colorado, grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds, vs. Texas Tech she had 10 boards and ripped down 11 at Baylor.

Senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.), OU's fifth starter, may not be a flashy player but she's an effective and consistent contributor to the Sooners success this season. Talbert averages 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks seventh in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 53.6 percent of her shots and ninth in offensive rebounds with 2.56 per game.

As a team, Oklahoma shoots 46.5 percent from the field, 72.5 percent from the foul line and 35.8 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 39.7-to-35.9, and dished out 266-206 more assists.

TEXAS (13-2, 5-0 BIG 12)
Texas enters Saturday's game as one of only two undefeated teams in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas State is the other. Texas recently defeated Oklahoma State, 77-64, in Stillwater. In that game, four Longhorns scored 10-plus points and out rebounded OSU, 42-to-31. Each team had 17 turnovers but UT's dished out 14 assists to the Cowgirls' five.

The Longhorns are on a six-game winning streak which matches its longest of the season. In Texas' first 15 games, nine have been decided by seven points or less, five were two-point decisions and one was a one point UT victory.

Texas has three players averaging 12-points or more. Freshman Heather Schreiber tops the chart with 14.4 point per game, followed by sophomore Stacy Stephens' 14.2 ppg and senior Tracy Cook adds 12.4. The trio also shoots better than 45.0 percent from the field. Defensively, Stephens leads the Longhorns with 9.0 rebounds per game, while Schreiber averages 6.1 boards and Cook grabs 5.9 rpg.

As a team, Texas shoots 43.9 percent from the field, 70.3 percent from the foul line and 37.0 percent from the arc. The Longhorns have also outrebounded their opponents, 41.7-to-34.7.

Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) has become one of the most talked about and respected head coaches in NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball. Coale was named the eighth head women's basketball coach in OU history on April 6, 1996. The Big 12 Coach of the Year for the past two seasons has directed the Sooners to the program's first back-to-back Big 12 regular season titles and NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Oklahoma compiled an overall record of 53-14 and a 28-4 mark in conference play the two seasons prior to the 2001-02 campaign.

Jody Conradt (Baylor, 1963) is in her 26th-year as the head coach for the Texas women's basketball program. She's the all-time winningest coach in college women's basketball history with 779 overall wins (779-250, .757) in 1,029 games. Conradt is also listed at No. 2 among all active men's and women's basketball coaches in all-time victories. She has compiled a 662-188 mark at UT after 850 games. Conradt, a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the 1000th game of her career at Kansas State last January 17th, becoming the 21st collegiate basketball coach to reach this milestone -- and the first women's coach to do so.

Oklahoma returns to the road as OU travels to Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. The Sooners will face Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. OU then journeys to Stillwater, Okla., to conclude its women's basketball Bedlam Battle at OSU on Tuesday, Jan. 29, inside Gallagher Iba Arena. Both games have tip times of 7 p.m.

Ada, Oklahoma, natives LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill tops the Big 12 Conference in scoring and three-point field goal percentage, respectively. Caufield, a senior, averages 20.4 points per game and has scored 15-plus points in the last 12 outings. She has also surpassed the 20-point mark nine times, including five straight. Hill, a junior, sports a league-best 48.9 three-point field goal percentage. OU's power forward has hit 23-of-47 attempted treys this season. She also averages 13.6 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per outing. At Iowa State, she matched a season-best of three made three-pointers. A year ago, she nailed a career-best four threes against Oklahoma State.

Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) has become Oklahoma's silent killer from the three-point line. The Wisconsin native has nailed 36 treys this season and 86 for her career to rank eighth on OU's all-time list. Ross averages 2.25 treys per game and nailed a career-high six threes to open the season against No. 9 Purdue. She also hit five threes against No. 12 Baylor on Jan. 12. For the season, she ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 12.8 points and second in rebounds with 5.6 boards per game. The 5-9 guard has scored 20-plus points in three of her last five outings and four overall.

Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 470 points off their opponent's turnovers. Thirty-seven percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 367 turnovers to its 302.

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 11 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 82 points at Baylor and accounted for 69 percent of the team's points twice this season.

Prior to the ISU game, the most points that the trio had ever been responsible for in a single game was 75 percent against Colorado in Boulder (Jan. 3, 2001). They scored 67 of OU's 89 points in OU's 89-69 win over the Buffs.

The 2001 academic fall semester brought great success to the Oklahoma women's basketball team as the program earned a 3.44 grade point average, its best ever. Three Sooners established a perfect 4.0 grade point average (Theresa Schuknecht, Kate Scott and Lauren Shoush) for the fall semester, while six student-athletes earned a 3.5 or better GPA (Lindsey Casey, Jen Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Stephanie Luce, Shannon Selmon and Stephanie Simon).

Oklahoma's 10-0 start to open the season matched a school best ... OU's 14-1 record equalled a program's best 15 games into the season ... The 1986-87 team went 14-1 before losing its second game of the year ... OU has won 15 straight and 21 of its last 22 games inside the Lloyd Noble Center ... The Sooners won 11 straight Big 12 Conference road games before losing to Iowa State on Jan. 15 ... Senior Rosalind Ross could be the only player in NCAA Division I playing without an ACL ... Oklahoma has defeated its opponents by a scoring margin of +15.4 ... OU has 21 top 25 ... Senior Stacey Dales moved up No. 5 on OU's all-time scoring chart ... she currently has 1,544 career points ... Junior Caton Hill has gone from No. 15 to No. 8 on Oklahoma's all-time chart for career rebounds ... she currently has 670 career boards ... Senior LaNeishea Caufield leads the Big 12 in scoring with 20.4 ppg ... Four Sooners rank among the conference's top 25 in scoring, three are listed among the top 15 in steals and rebounds ... Rosalind Ross has scored 10-plus points in 10 games and 20-or-more in four ... Jamie Talbert has had five-or-more rebounds in nine games ... she has also shot better than 50 percent from the field nine times ... OU's 54 rebounds at Texas Tech is a team best in league play ... LaNeishea Caufield's 33 points and 13 field goals made against Montana State is a Big 12 Conference best in all games ... she also appears on the overall list three times for best free throw percentage (100%).

Junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one double-double away of matching the school's all-time record of 25 held by former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley (1997-2000). Hill has produced four double doubles this season and owns 24 for her three year career.

Oklahoma has hit 75 percent (33-of-44) of its free throws during the final two minutes of the game. Two Sooners are perfect from the foul line within the final 120 seconds -- senior LaNeishea Caufield (7-7) and junior Caton Hill (2-2). In addition, senior Stacey Dales has hit 7-of-9 and senior Rosalind Ross has nailed 7-of-11 attempted free throws.

Senior All-America candidate LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) looks to pocket the Big 12 Conference all-time steals record this season. The Ada, Okla., native has an OU-best 340 career thefts but needs 78 to match Nebraska's Nicole Kubik's Big 12-best 418 (1997-2000) steals. Caufield, 2001 defensive player of the year, led the NCAA in total thefts a year ago with 135 and tied for second for most thefts per game with a 4.0 average.



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