Sooners Look To Even Up Bedlam Series This Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 08, 2002

Jan. 8, 2002

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Oklahoma State
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002
7 P.M. * Lloyd Noble Center * Norman, Okla.
KOMA Radio (1520 AM)

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Wednesday's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be the fourth of the 2001-02 all-sports Bedlam Battle. Currently OSU leads the Bedlam series, 2-1. OSU has won football and wrestling while the Sooners defeated the Cowgirls in soccer.

The two teams enter the contest undefeated in Big 12 Conference action. OU sports an overall record of 12-1 and 2-0 in league play with wins over two top 25 teams, Colorado and Texas Tech. OSU improved to 10-2 and 1-0 with its recent win over Missouri on Sunday.

The Sooners and Cowgirls are set to tip off at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center. This game will be the first of five that will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network (KSBI Channel 52 OKC (Cox Channel 9), KWBT Channel 19 Tulsa, KSWO Channel 7 Lawton, KOMI Channel 24 Woodward). Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (color) will call the action. Sooner fans may also listen to the broadcast by tuning to KOMA-AM (1520) where Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the OU radio network. In addition, the broadcast can be heard over the world wide web at

The Oklahoma and Oklahoma State all-time series record dates back to 1975 and is the longest series in OU's Big 12/Big Eight history. Entering Wednesday's game, OSU holds a slim 34-32 advantage over the Sooners but Oklahoma has swept the two-game series the last two years. OU has also won six of its last seven games vs. OSU and holds an 18-11 advantage when playing in Norman. (year-by-year series record located on page 4 of this release)

OKLAHOMA (12-1, 2-0 BIG 12)
Oklahoma enters Wednesday's game with an overall record of 12-1 and a No. 2 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The Sooners remain third in the AP poll. OU opened its Big 12 Conference schedule with impressive wins over Colorado, 78-68, and Texas Tech, 80-68, last week.

OU has four players averaging 10-plus points per game and six players playing at least 25 minutes per contest. The Sooners are lead by senior All-America candidates LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada). Caufield leads the team and ranks second in the league with 20.1 ppg. She also tops the program with 2.5 steals per game and sports an impressive 89.0 free throw accuracy (73-of-82), third best in the conference. Dales tops the Sooners and ranks fourth in the league with 5.0 assists per game. Dales' 14.8 points per game follows Caufield in the scoring category. She also ranks third on the team in field goal percentage (49.0%).

Senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) also average 10-or-more points per game with 13.5 and 12.9, respectively. The duo also leads the team in rebounding. Ross grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds against Texas Tech after Hill hauled down a game-high 14 boards vs. Colorado. For the season, Hill averages a team-best 6.5 rpg, followed by Ross' 6.0 rebounds per outing. Coming off the bench for the Sooners is freshman Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo.). Jackson brings a steady presence to the floor as she averages 6.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.0 spg.

As a team, Oklahoma shoots 47.0 percent from the field, 72.0 percent from the foul line and 39.3 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also outrebounded their opponents, 40.5-to-35.8, and dished out 216-159 more assists.

OKLAHOMA STATE (9-5, 1-0 BIG 12)
Oklahoma State won its Big 12 Conference opener with a 73-57 victory over Missouri in Stillwater on Sunday. For the year, the Cowgirls are 9-5 overall and have won three of their last four games. OSU sits at No. 5 in the league.

Trisha Skibbe and Tari Cummings lead the Cowgirls in scoring and rebounding. Offensively, Skibbe boasts a team-best 14.8 points followed by Cummings' 13.6 points per game. Cummings is the team leader in rebounds with 6.1 boards while Skibbe accounts for 5.4 rebounds per outing.

Like OU, Oklahoma State opened its season with victories over ORU, 83-52, and Tulsa, 70-58, in the Bertha Teague Classic. OSU suffered its first loss of the year to Wichita State, 71-66. The Cowgirls also lost to Penn State, Hawaii, Arkansas and George Washington.

OSU ranks 11th in the league in scoring offense averaging 71.3 ppg but the Cowgirls hold their opponents to just 61.2 ppg, third best in the conference. Oklahoma State also ranks second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.743), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.317) and ninth in field goal percentage (.426).

The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department in the only one in NCAA Division I to have its football, men's basketball and women's basketball programs ranked among the nation's top 10.

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. She has taken a 5-22 program (1996-97) and turned it into a nationally-ranked 28-6 program in five short seasons. 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. Since Coale's arrival, OU is 93-70.

Dick Halterman (Northeast Missouri State, 1974) is in his 19th year at the helm of the Oklahoma State women's basketball program. He sports an overall record of 327-220 and has guided nine teams to postseason appearances in the last 13 years, including seven NCAA bids. Halterman has been voted conference coach of the year twice in the Big Eight and was named the District V Coach of the Year in 1991. He has also coached two conference All-Stars teams abroad with the most recent being in 1999.

Oklahoma is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has six players averaging 4.5 or more rebounds per game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 6.5 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross with 6.0 and Jamie Talbert with 5.8 rpg. Freshman Dionnah Jackson ranks fourth on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game while seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales each grabs 4.8 rpg.

Colorado and Iowa State each have six players with 4.0 rebounds per game.

Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 257 points off their opponent's turnovers. OU has forced 317 turnovers this season to its 249.

Thirteen games into the season, Oklahoma only has 249 turnovers. The Sooners rank second in the Big 12 Conference with a +5.23 turnover margin, the lowest under current head coach Sherri Coale. The 1997-98 team ended the season with 575 turnovers while the 1998-99 squad totaled 578.

Oklahoma is currently ranked fourth in the latest Sagarin RPI poll. OU is also ranked sixth in both the CBN and WBCA/Summerville RPI polls. The Sooners follow Tennessee, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Iowa State and Stanford in the WBCA poll. Seven Big 12 Conference teams rank among the top 30.

Oklahoma has hit 75 percent (27-of-36) of its free throws during the final two minutes of the game. Three Sooners are perfect from the foul line within the final 120 seconds -- senior LaNeishea Caufield (5-5), freshman Dionnah Jackson (4-4) and junior Caton Hill (2-2). In addition, senior Stacey Dales has 7-of-9 attempted free throws for an 77.8 accuracy.

The Big 12 Conference has seven teams ranked in this week's Associated Press and USA Today polls (Jan. 7) for the first time in the five-plus year history of the league.

After beating two top 10 teams last week, Kansas State entered the AP ranking at No. 14 - the highest debut during the season since the poll was expanded from 20 to 25 teams in 1989.

Kansas State joins No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 12 Baylor, No. 16 Texas and No. 21 Colorado in the AP Poll.

In the USA Today poll, Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 and Kansas State entered the poll at No 18. Other Big 12 rankings are: No. 5 Iowa State, No. 11 Baylor, No. 12 Texas Tech, No. 17 Texas and No. 19 Colorado.

The Big 12 has had at least five teams ranked in 18 straight AP polls (Jan. 8, 2001-Present). This week's rankings marked the ninth time (seventh this season) in Big 12 history that the league has had at least six teams ranked. In addition to Nov. 26-Jan. 7 polls, the other two times were in the Jan. 29 and Feb. 19, 2001, AP polls.

The Big 12 had four teams ranked in the top 10 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll the week of Nov. 26 and in the AP poll the week of Dec. 31 - marking the only times the Big 12 has had four teams ranked in the top 10.



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