Feb. 18, 2002
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Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
Vs. No. 15 Texas
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 - 7 P.M.
Frank Erwin Center - Austin, Texas
KOMA-AM Radio (1520)
OKLAHOMA LOOKS FOR SECOND OUTRIGHT TITLE AT TEXAS
The third-ranked Oklahoma (22-2, 12-1 Big 12) women's basketball team looks to sweep the two-game series with 15th-ranked Texas (16-8, 7-6 Big 12) for the second consecutive year. The Longhorns will host the Sooners inside the Frank Erwin Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Austin, Texas.
After losing its only conference game of the year to Iowa State on Jan. 15, Oklahoma returned to Norman to pick up a 20-point victory over the Longhorns on Jan. 19, which started the Sooners eight-game winning streak. Texas has gone 3-6 since the last meeting with OU.
This season, Oklahoma boasts a 7-2 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10. Texas sports a 6-6 mark vs. top 25 teams and 3-3 mark when playing top 10 teams.
Listen to women's basketball action on KOMA-AM (1520) where Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color analyst) will call the action for the OU radio network. Sooner fans may also listen to the broadcast over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.
A WIN WOULD...
If Oklahoma beats Texas or wins one of its last three games the Sooners will win the Big 12 Conference regular season title outright for the second consecutive year. OU tied Texas Tech and Iowa State for the 2000 Big 12 regular season crown. TTU has been a part of a Big 12 best three Big 12 titles.
OU CLINCH SHARE OF BIG 12 CROWN
With Oklahoma's 81-47 win over Nebraska Saturday in Norman the Sooners clinched at least a share of the 2002 Big 12 Conference regular season title. OU won it outright last year and share it with Iowa State and Texas Tech in 2000.
It marks Oklahoma's fourth overall conference title. OU won the Big Eight title in 1985-86 with a 10-4 record.
SERIES RECORD - TEXAS LEADS 11-7
Texas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma 11-7. However, OU swept the 2001 two-game series by 11 points in each game. The Sooners also defeated Texas, 76-73, in Austin for the first time in school history in 2000. Head Coach Sherri Coale is 6-6 when playing the Longhorns. Texas holds a 6-2 advantage when playing Oklahoma in Austin.
The Sooners handed Texas a 20-point loss earlier this season in Norman (Jan. 19), marking OU's largest margin of victory over the Longhorns. In that game, Oklahoma had six players to score 10-plus points. Seniors Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield led the Sooners with 21 and 19 points, respectively. As a team, OU shot 49.3 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Sooners also forced the Longhorns into 24 turnovers while only giving up a then-season low 13.
OKLAHOMA (22-2, 12-1 BIG 12)
Oklahoma continues to be lead by its experienced quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.). The quartet accounts for 75 percent of OU's scoring and 57 percent of its rebounds.
Caufield continues to lead the Sooners in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game. Dales has increased her points per game to 16.2, while Hill contributes 13.3 and Ross adds 11.2. Defensively, all five starters average 5.0 rebounds per game. Hill tops the team with 7.3 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' 5.4 rpg and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.), 5.3. Senior All-America candidates Caufield and Dales also grabs 5.2 and 5.0 rebounds per game, respectively. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.7 boards per outing.
As a team, Oklahoma shoots 45.4 percent from the field, 74.7 percent from the foul line and 34.5 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 959-to-847, and dished out 407-to-304 more assists.
TEXAS (16-8, 7-6 BIG 12)
Texas looks to rebound from its 76-69 loss to Baylor Saturday. Prior to that loss, the Longhorns upset No. 3 Tennessee in Knoxville, 69-66, on Feb. 12. Overall UT is 16-8 and sport a 7-6 mark in league play. Texas currently ranks sixth in the conference standings.
The Longhorns opened Big 12 play with five straight wins and after losing to Oklahoma on Jan. 19, the Longhorns have gone 3-6. In Texas' first 15 games, nine have been decided by seven points or less, five were two-point decisions and one was a one point UT victory.
Texas has three players averaging 10-points or more. Freshman Heather Schreiber tops the chart with 15.1 point per game, followed by sophomore Stacy Stephens' 14.4 ppg and senior Tracy Cook adds 10.4. Defensively, Stephens leads the Longhorns with 10.0 rebounds per game, while Schreiber averages 6.0 boards and Cook grabs 5.8 rpg.
As a team, Texas shoots 43.3 percent from the field, 71.3 percent from the foul line and 34.5 percent from the arc. The Longhorns have also outrebounded their opponents, 41.9-to-35.6.
Jody Conradt (Baylor, 1963) is in her 26th-year as the head coach for the Texas women's basketball program. She's the all-time winningest coach in college women's basketball history with 782 overall wins (782-256, .753) in 1,038 games. Conradt is also listed at No. 2 among all active men's and women's basketball coaches in all-time victories. She has compiled a 665-194 mark at UT after 859 games. Conradt, a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the 1000th game of her career at Kansas State last January 17th, becoming the 21st collegiate basketball coach to reach this milestone -- and the first women's coach to do so.
UP NEXT FOR THE SOONERS
The Sooners will play their last road game of the 2001-2002 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 23. Oklahoma travels to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers (14-10, 5-8) at 1 p.m. in a game that's televised by FOX Sports Network.
ON THE BRINK
Junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is just one free throw and 25 points shy of breaking into OU's all-time top 15 list in both categories. Senior LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is just nine rebounds away from become one of the Sooners' all-time greats.
CAUFIELD RANKS NO. 23 IN CAREER STEALS IN NCAA HISTORY
Senior LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) currently ranks No. 23 among the NCAA all-time individual leaders in career steals. She has pocketed a school record 371 in nearly four seasons. The all-time record holder is Natalie White of Florida A&M (1995) who has 624 steals. Caufield could possibly move into the top 15 before season ends.
DALES ON THE VERGE OF NCAA GREATNESS
Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) is ONLY nine assists shy of ranking among the NCAA all-time greatest (top-30). Dales surpassed the 700 career assists mark against Nebraska Saturday. She now has 706. The current No. 30 is ESPN sportscaster Beth Mowins (Lafayette) with 715. Dales owns OU's and the Big 12's career assists record. She will be the only Big 12 player listed among the elite.
DALES ONE OF TWO TO...
Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) is the ONLY player in Oklahoma women's basketball history to have scored 1,600 points, grabbed 600 or more rebounds and dished out over 700 assists. She is also one of only two players in rank among the top 10 in each category. Etta Maytubby (1993-1996) is the other.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Over the past two years, Oklahoma has only lost one Big 12 road game - Iowa State on Jan. 15, 2002. The Sooners were the only team in conference play last season to go undefeated on the road with an 8-0 mark. This season OU is 5-1.
Ironically, OU's only losses (2) the last two years in conference play have been to ISU.
SOONERS STRONG AT HOME
Oklahoma owns the NCAA fourth best home winning steak of 20 games. The Sooners are the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has a flawless home court record, 11-0 overall and 6-0 Big 12. Oklahoma has not lost a game at the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79).
NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF OU'S FIELD GOALS ARE ASSISTED
Oklahoma is a very unselfish team. Of OU's 684 field goals made this year, 59.5 percent have been assisted. Senior Stacey Dales leads the team with 4.9 assists per game, followed by freshman Dionnah Jackson who comes off the bench for 3.1 apg. In addition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Rosalind Ross each distributes 2.3 and 2.2 assists per outing, respectively.
SOONERS' TRIPLE THREAT
Oklahoma's senior All-Americans Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and junior All-Big 12 second teamer Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) account for 61.0 percent of Oklahoma's scoring this season.
Against Iowa State, the trio combined for a career-high 80 percent of the team's points. They scored 53 of the team's 66 points. In nine of the last 11 games, Dales, Caufield and Hill have accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's total points. The trio also combined for 70 percent of the team's total points in both games against Baylor.
CHARITY GOOD TO SOONERS
Over the last four games, Oklahoma has nailed 54-of-61 free throws for an impressive 88.5 free throw accuracy. OU went a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe, a first in OU coach Sherri Coale career, against Texas A&M (Feb. 9).
There are currently four Sooners that are on hitting streaks at the foul line. Senior Stacey Dales has made 24 straight free throws, while senior Rosalind Ross and junior Caton hill have made 12-of-12 from the foul line.
CLEANING THE GLASS
Oklahoma has outrebounded 17 of its 24 opponents this season, including 10 Big 12 teams. The Sooners sport a +4.7 rebounding margin ranking them fourth in the league. OU's largest rebounding margin has been 19 against Butler at the UTSA Tournament in December. Oklahoma out rebounded Texas A&M by 17 in College Station.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
Oklahoma committed a season-low 11 turnovers against Kansas State on Feb. 13. One of OU's primary focus this season has been to take care of the basketball. To date, OU has 442 turnovers compared to its opponents' 550. The Sooners have scored 726 points off their opponent's fumbles while only 412 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's turnovers. Of OU's total points, 39.0 percent have come from opponents mistakes.
POWER IN THE PAINT
Even though Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 44.0 percent of their points in the paint. Oklahoma has registered 826 of its 1,876 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents have only scored 466 points within this area.
Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has all five starters averaging better than 5.0 rebounds per game. The Sooners are also the only team in the league with six players averaging 4.7 or more rpg.
The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.3 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross' 5.4 and Jamie Talbert 5.3 rpg. Seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales averages 5.2 and 5.0 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson grabs 4.7 rpg.
Colorado has six players averaging 4.0 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.3-or-more rebounds per game.
Oklahoma is currently ranked third in the latest Sagarin RPI poll. OU is also ranks third in the WBCA/Summerville and CBN RPI polls. The Sooners follow Tennessee and Connecticut in the WBCA poll.
HILL SCORES 1,000 POINTS
Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) became one of three current Sooner to have scored better than 1,000 career points at Oklahoma. Hill joins teammates LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales, both seniors, in the 1,000-point club. The power forward scored a season- and game-high 21 points to break the 1,000-point barrier against Kansas on Feb. 2. She now has 1,071 points as a Sooner and needs just 25 points to break into the top 15 among OU's all-time great scorers. Hill has scored 20-or-more points in five games and tied a career high four three-point field goals made against the Jayhawks.
VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS
This season, Oklahoma boasts a 7-2 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10. Overall, Oklahoma is 24-74 went playing top 25 teams. The Sooners are 4-39 when facing teams ranked in the top 10 and 1-12 against teams among the top five. The lone win versus a top five program was against Colorado in 1993. OU defeated then fourth-ranked Colorado, 74-69, on Feb. 28.