Nov. 16, 2001
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BERTHA TEAGUE CLASSIC
The highly-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team continues its non-conference schedule as one of four state teams competing in the Bertha Teague Memorial Classic in Stillwater, Okla. Tulsa, Oral Roberts, OU and host Oklahoma State completes the field for the two day classic that will be played on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18, 2001. Oklahoma plays the 8 p.m. game both days.
Opening this year's classic will be Oklahoma State and Tulsa. They tip off at 6 p.m., while the Sooners and Golden Eagles take the court at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Sunday's action features OSU and ORU at 6 p.m. and Oklahoma and Tulsa at 8 p.m.
Both of OU's games will be broadcast live on KOMA-AM (1520) and on the Internet at www.soonersports.com. Jim Byers will provide the play-by-play and Tara DeGiusti will be the color analyst for the women's basketball radio network.
OVERVIEW OF THE FIELD
Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma make up the four-team Bertha Teague Memorial Classic for the fourth consecutive year. This tournament serves as the season opener for Tulsa and Oklahoma State. ORU lost its season opener to Colorado, 78-49, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, while Okahoma defeated No. 11/9 Purdue, 80-75, in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
OU vs. Oral Roberts
This will be the 32nd meeting between Oklahoma and Oral Roberts. OU holds a slim 17-14 advantage when facing the Golden Eagles. When playing in Stillwater, OU also leads the series 1-0. The Sooners have won the last 14 meetings between the two teams including a thrilling 70-64 victory during the 2001 NCAA First Round in Norman. The last time ORU defeated Oklahoma was in 1983 when OU lost 86-72 in Tulsa.
OU vs. Tulsa
Oklahoma has dominated the all-time series with the Golden Hurricane. OU owns an impressive 19-1 mark against Tulsa. TU won the first-ever meeting between the two teams, 58-53, in 1976.
OU vs. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have played 66 times. OSU holds an all-time 34-32 advantage. The two teams will not play each other this weekend.
OU IN THE BERTHA TEAGUE CLASSIC
Oklahoma is 11-1 in games played in the Bertha Teague Classic. The Sooners' only setback was a one-point loss to Southern Utah, 64-63, during the 1996-97 campaign. Last year, OU defeated Tulsa, 80-49, and Oral Roberts, 87-56.
WHO'S BERTHA TEAGUE?
Bertha Frank Teague is the most celebrated female figure in Oklahoma sports history. In her 43 years of coaching (1927-69) at Byng High School, she compiled a 90 percent winning average with a win-loss record of 1,157-115. Her record included eight state championships, and at one time, a 98-game winning streak. She is a member of the Naismith and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma continues its five-game road schedule to open the 2001-02 schedule. OU tipped off the season with an 80-75 win over No. 11/9 Purdue at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Durham, N.C. OU became just the third team in the Big 12 Conference to compete in this classic. The Sooners evened the league's all-time record to 2-2. Texas Tech was also invited to participated in the ninth annual classic hosted by Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last weekend. Tech lost to Duke, 85-69.
Oklahoma left Cameron Indoor Stadium with a win despite of its senior standouts Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), and LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) playing less than 25 minutes apiece. Dales' 18 minutes of action is the second fewest minutes she's played since her arrival at OU.
Senior guard Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) led Oklahoma with career highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, 10 defensive. She also nailed a personal-best six threes, tying a State Farm Tip-Off Classic record. OU also matched the Classic mark of 10 made three-pointers in a single game.
Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) had her 10th game of scoring 20-plus points. The Oklahoman scored 20 points while playing all 40 minutes for the second time in her career.
Oklahoma returns its top five scorers in Dales, Caufield, Hill, Ross and Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.). Dales led the team with 16.0 points and a Big 12-best 7.3 assists. She also led the conference in assist/turnover ratio with 1.77. Caufield averaged 15.8 ppg plus a team- and Big 12-best 4.0 steals per outing. Caufield topped the nation in total thefts with 135 and finished tied for second in the NCAA in steals per game. Hill returns after a solid sophomore season where she contributed nearly a double-double (13.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg). Hill is also a threat from the outside as she shot 45.8 percent from the arc. Ross was named to the 2001 Big 12 All-Tournament team after averaging a team-best 14.3 ppg and nailing 12-of-24 attempted three-pointers. For the year, she was credited with 8.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg and shot 39.7 percent from the arc. Talbert stepped up her production after teammate Jen Cunningham suffered an ACL injury on Jan. 28. She ended the year averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.6 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles are coming off of a 78-49 loss to No. 12 Colorado in the first round of the Preseason WNIT in Boulder, Colo. Senior Krista Ragan paced ORU with 13 points, hitting 4-of-13 shots from the field, but she had seven turnovers in 38 minutes of action. As a team, Colorado dominated the boards, 33-25, and forced 27 turnovers to CU's 17. The Buffs also shot 51.0 percent from the field while ORU was only able to produce a 34.8 field goal percent.
ORU finished last year with a 22-11 record and tied for second in the Mid-Continent Conference with a 11-5 mark. Sixth-year Head Coach Jerry Finkbeiner returns four starters and six letterwinners, including Regan who averaged 16.1 ppg last year.
Tulsa returns eight letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 8-22 in Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller's second season. The Hurricane will look to seniors Leela Farr and Carla Morrow for leadership and scoring this year. Farr averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Morrow chipped in 10.1 points and 5.7 boards per game a year ago.
Tulsa opens its season Saturday night against Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. In exhibition action, the Golden Hurricane defeated Spartak Moscow, 79-56, before losing to the Houston Jaguars, 69-55. Four TU players scored in double digits against Spartak Moscow, while three players had 10-plus points against the Houston Jaguars.