Nov. 23, 1999
Honolulu, Hawaii -- Senior All-American candidate Phylesha Whaley's season and game highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds and the team's 15-0 run late in the second half wasn't enough for the Sooners as the Oklahoma women's basketball team lost to Tennessee Tech, 74-64, Sunday in its final game of the Hawaiian Regent Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Whaley became the school's all-time leader in offensive rebounds as she grabbed eight boards against TTU and 18 over the past three games. The Slaton, Texas native now owns 234 career offensive rebounds.
Whaley scored 20 of her 26 points in the final 20 minutes of action. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield stepped up in the second half scoring a game total of 15 points, followed by sophomore Stacey Dales who contributed eight points. Dales also had five rebounds, five steals and five assists for the game. Freshman Caton Hill added five points and five boards to the team's totals.
Tennessee Tech had three players with 10 plus points. Senior Diane Seng led the Golden Eaglettes with 21 points, followed by Collin Carmichael with 15 and Alsion Clark had 13.
As a team, Oklahoma shot only 32 percent from the field (24-75), 75 percent from the free throw line (12-16) and 33 percent from three-point (4-12) land. The Sooners forced 20 Golden Eaglettes turnovers but was outrebounded by Tech, 43-36.
Tennessee Tech opened the second half with a 21-5 run and gained its largest lead of the game at 25 points on a pair of free throws by Alsion Clark at the 5:53 mark. Oklahoma wouldn't give up as the Sooners cut the deficit to 10 points with 1:13 remaining and came within eight with 25 seconds remaining.
The opening 20 minutes for both teams was slow and sloppy as the Sooners only hit 33-percent from the field and forced nine Tech turnovers. Tennessee Tech took a 22-13 lead before OU closed the gap with two three-pointers by junior guard Sunny Hardeman and a trey by Dales. Oklahoma ended the first half-shooting 50-percent (3-6) from behind the arch.
The Sooners next action will be against Oral Roberts on Sunday, Nov. 28 in the opening game of the 1999 Bertha Teague Classic. Tulsa and Oklahoma State will also compete in the four-team, two-day tournament.