July 31, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Not only was she Oklahoma's first women's basketball player to ever be named a WNBA All-Star, but former Sooner standout Stacey Dales-Schuman just became OU's first student-athlete to ever be selected the Verizon Academic All-America Player of the Year for all NCAA Division I sports. The award was voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced last week.

Dales-Schuman currently has the Washington Mytics (15-10) tied for the top spot in the WNBA Eastern Conference with averages of 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She has played and started 24 of 25 games as a rookie for the Mystics.

The three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection was also named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Women's Basketball first team and was voted the Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for that sport. In addition, the Canadian appeared on the Sooner Scholar list and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for 10 straight semesters and was a six-time Dean's list and three-time President's Honor Roll selection while a student-athlete at OU.

Last year, Dales-Schuman received second-team Academic All-American honors, becoming the first player in OU women's basketball history to earn academic and athletic All-America honors in the same season.

The Big 12 and OU's all-time assists leader (764) was a two-time All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. The communication major ended her senior season as the team's leader in assists per game (4.9) and ranked second on the squad in points (17.0) and rebounds (5.0) per game.