Jan. 24, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - After leading the 23rd-ranked University of Oklahoma women's basketball team to two Big 12 Conference wins and helping extend the Sooners' perfect league record to 5-0, OU senior All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week Monday afternoon by the league office. It marks Whaley's first league honor this season but it's her eighth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week-title.

The 5-10 power forward averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50-percent from the field (12-of-24), 60-percent from the three-point line (3-of-5) and hit 90-percent from the foul line (9-10) last week, while the Sooners improved their overall record to 15-3 with wins over Texas and Colorado.

The Slaton, Texas, native played 37 of 40 minutes and scored 15 points, was 2-for-3 from three point land, grabbed eight rebounds and pocketed two steals against Texas. Oklahoma became just the 42nd out of 330 teams to beat the Longhorns (76-73) in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center last Wednesday.

OU returned to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday to hand Colorado its fourth-straight conference loss of the year, 76-73. Whaley posted game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds. She was perfect from the foul line (6-6), shot 59-percent from the field and added two steals and assists to her total.

Earning Rookie-of-the-Week honors was Texas' freshman Alisha Sare. Sare averaged 22.5 points, hitting nine of 20 threes.

OU ends the month of January on the road against Texas A&M (Jan. 26) and Missouri (J29).

1999-2000 Big 12 Player of the Week Honors
Nov. 29 -- Edwina Brown, G/F, Sr, Texas
Dec. 6 -- Suzi Raymant, G, Sr, Kansas
Dec. 13 -- Stacy Frese, G, Sr, Iowa State
Dec. 20 -- Tari Cummings, F, Jr, Oklahoma State
Jan. 3 -- Lynn Pride, F/G, Sr, Kansas
Jan. 10 -- Edwina Brown, G/F, Sr, Texas
Jan. 17 -- Angie Welle, So. C, Iowa State
JAN. 23 -- PHYLESHA WHALEY, 5-10 F, OKLAHOMA

1999-2000 Big 12 Rookie Of The Week Honors
Nov. 29 -- Jaynetta Saunders, F, Jr, Texas A&M
Dec. 6 -- Plenette Pierson, F/C, Fr, Texas Tech
Dec. 13 -- Amanda Lassiter, F, Jr, Missouri
Dec. 20 -- Jaynetta Saunders, F, Jr, Texas A&M
Jan. 3 -- Jaynetta Saunders, F, Jr, Texas A&M
Jan. 10 -- Amanda Lassiter, F, Jr, Missouri
Jan. 17 -- Alisha Sare, Fr. G, Texas
Jan. 23 -- Alisha Sare, Fr. G, Texas