July 9, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - There's no limit to what former Sooner standout Stacey Dales can accomplish as she became Oklahoma's first Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year as announced by the Big 12 office today. The Sooners have had one Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year and five Big Eight Male Athletes of the Year honorees.
dales is the most decorated women's basketball player in OU and Big 12 history. The Brockville, Ontario, Canada, senior guard was a two-time consensus All-American in 2001 and 2002 and helped lead Oklahoma to an NCAA runner-up finish last season as OU became the Big 12's first team to make an NCAA Final Four appearance in its six-year history. dales was been the Big 12 Player of the Year for the past two seasons and was voted the most valuable player of the 2002 Big 12 Tournament.
dales, who was coached by Sherri Coale, was a five-time team captain at Oklahoma (1998-2002, including redshirt). During her stint at OU the Sooners amassed the best four-year record in school history at 99-32, won three Big 12 regular season titles, made three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, captured one league tourney crown, in addition to the aforementioned Final Four runner-up finish this past season. OU also finished the season ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls.
The third overall pick of the WNBA draft last spring by the Washington Mystics, dales holds the Big 12 and OU's all-time assists record (764). She ended her collegiate career ranked among the top 15 in 19 of OU's 22 career categories. The communication major averaged a team-best 4.9 assists per game and ranked second on the squad in scoring with 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Off the court dales has been a role model to the youth as well as her peers. She is a two-time Verizon Academic All-American selection and four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. This past year she was the Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for women's basketball. dales served a two-year stint on Oklahoma's Student Athlete Advisory Board. She mentored young children in Norman public schools through the Sooner Big Sis Program as well as volunteered at the Norman Regional Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Special Olympics.
dales won the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year from a solid group of women's nominees. Other 2001-02 Big 12 female student-athletes nominated included Baylor's Sheila Lambert (basketball); Colorado's Mari Storeng (skiing); Iowa State's Gina Curtis (track & field); Kansas' Christi Musser (softball); Kansas State's Austra Skujyte (track & field); Missouri's Ann Marie Brooks (cross country/track & field); Nebraska's Nancy Metcalf (volleyball); Oklahoma State's Jenny Kipp (softball); Texas' Cat Osterman (softball); Texas A&M's Jenna Moscovic (volleyball); and Texas Tech's Jennifer Newhouse (golf).
Female and male athletes of the year are chosen by a panel of athletic administrators from each conference institution and media from each school's region. One female and one male student-athlete per school were nominated by the directors of athletics from each institution. The selections were based upon the 2001-02 athletic performance and academic achievement with citizenship as a tiebreaker.
OU Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year
Stacey Dales, 2002, women's basketball
OU Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year
Josh Heupel, 2001, football
OU Big Eight Male Athlete of the Year
Lucious Selmon, 1974, football
Randy Hughes, 1975, football
Lee Roy Selmon, 1976, football
Billy Sims, 1980, football
Bart Connor, 1981, gymnastics