Feb. 4, 2000

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GAME #22
Nebraska (11-8, 5-3) at #22/25 Oklahoma (18-3, 8-0)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000
Arena: Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Radio: OU - KOMA (1520 AM) - Live
Internet: www.soonersports.com - Live
TV: Fox Sports Network

THE GAME
Ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 25th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, Oklahoma (18-3 overall, 8-0 Big 12) hosts Nebraska (11-8, 5-3) Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. This will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams.

The game will be broadcast on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (flagship KOMA 1520 AM in Oklahoma City). Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) will call the action. The contest will also be televised by Fox Sports Network. Bill Land and former Sooner Elissa Walker-Campbell will announce.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
After winning 17 of its last 18th games, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team (18-3, 8-0) looks to extend its current win streak to 10 games on Saturday. The Sooners host Nebraska (11-8, 5-3) in a game that is televised live on the FoxSports Network.

Oklahoma picked up its 10th home win of the season Wednesday night when OU defeated Baylor, 87-59, sweeping the two-game series for the second straight year. The 28-point margin of victory equaled the Sooners' largest win over a Big 12 opponent this season. OU also handed Texas A&M a 28-point loss in Norman on Jan. 12 with an identical score of 87-59.

Senior Phylesha Whaley scored 16 of her 20 points in the opening 20 minutes of action for the Sooners. Whaley also added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist to her totals. Recording her fourth double-double of the season was freshman Caton Hill with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Stacey Dales (14) and freshman Jadrea Seeley (15) also scored in double digits.

The Sooners scored 48 of their 87 points in the paint compared to BU's 20 points down low. After being outrebounded by Missouri, the Sooners crashed the boards and grabbed a season-best 52 rebounds to Baylor's 33. Defensively, Oklahoma held Baylor to 33 percent shooting from the field.

Whaley, who owns six OU career records, leads four Sooners in double-digit scoring with 19.7 points. She also leads the team in rebounding with 8.3 boards a game. Caufield (14.1), Dales (12.1) and Hill (10.4) also average 10-plus points a game. Caufield leads the team in steals with 3.1 per game, ranking her third in the Big 12 Conference. Dales leads the league and the team in assists per game dishing out 6.4, a figure that also ranks among the nation's best. Hill contributes 7.2 rebounds a game.

As a team, the Sooners are shooting 49.2 percent from the field and are outrebounding their opponents, 40.0 to 30.9. Oklahoma also boasts a 409 to 287 advantage in assists and has pocketed 226 steals to its opponents' 196.

Head Coach Sherri Coale and Sooners are the only team, men's or women's, to be undefeated in conference action in the state of Oklahoma and are one of only 14 women's programs in Division I to boast a perfect league mark.

ABOUT NEBRASKA
Nebraska is coming off of a disappointing 77-76 loss to nationally-ranked Iowa State Wednesday night in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa State's Tracey Gahan's free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining snapped Nebraska's four-game winning streak and gave NU its third conference loss of the season. Gahan made the first of a two-shot situation, but missed the second, giving the Huskers a chance to win in regulation, NU turned the ball over on a long pass intended for Nicole Kubik.

Melody Peterson and Kubik led four Huskers in double figures with 15 points apiece, while Amanda Went and Casey Leonhardt added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Kubik, a preseason All-Big 12 first team selection, leads Nebraska in scoring averaging 16.2 points a game. She also dishes out a team-high 6.0 assists and pockets 3.3 steals a game. Brooke Schwartz (13.4) and Leonhardt (11.2) also average double digit in points per game. Senior Charlie Rogers is the team leader in rebounds per game with 8.6, followed by Leonhardt's 7.1. The duo also ranks one and two for most blocked shots.

The Cornhuskers are shooting better than 41 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point land. Nebraska averages 41.1 rebounds and 18.2 assists per try.

Paul Sanderford (Methodist, 1972) is in his third season as the head coach at Nebraska and 19th overall. Sanderford has produced a 66-37 (.640 winning percentage) at NU and became the first Nebraska coach to guide the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to becoming a Cornhusker, he directed the women's basketball program at Western Kentucky University, where he took 12 teams to the NCAA Tournament, three Final Four appearances, the 1992 national championship game and two WNITs.

Probable Starters
Oklahoma

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.21-2119.78.31st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.21-2110.47.42nd in rebounds
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.21-2114.14.93.1 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.21-2112.14.96.4 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.21-184.61.93.8 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.21-38.82.0
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.20-02.32.3
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.21-09.02.0

Nebraska

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F33Charlie Rogers6-2Sr.19-199.48.6
F21Brooke Schwartz5-9Sr.19-1913.44.2
C55Casey Leonhardt6-5Jr.19-1811.27.1
G4Melody Peterson5-9Jr.11-97.73.0
G32Nicole Kubik5-10Sr.19-1916.23.9

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C20Amanda Went5-9Jr.19-16.71.7
F34Naciska Gilmore6-0Sr.19-84.73.5

THE SERIES
Nebraska holds an overall 20-17 edge when playing Oklahoma. The Cornhuskers have claimed the last five games by an average margin of 24 points. OU last defeated Nebraska in 1995 when the Sooners swept the season series, 85-83 (Lincoln) and 77-67 (Norman).

TEAM COMPARISONS
OVERALL GAMES

OUCATEGORYNU
18-3Records11-8
79.9Points77.1
40.0Rebounds41.1
.492FG%.447
.3503pt. FG%.301
.734FT%.671
19.5Assists18.2
10.8Steals11.1

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYNU
8-0Records5-3
81.3Points77.1
40.3Rebounds38.1
.511FG%.426
.4003pt. FG%.383
.724FT%.721
20.4Assists17.0
10.4STEALS10.9

OKLAHOMA VS. NEBRASKA YEAR-BY-YEAR RECAP

YearResultSite
1978W, 60-59Lawrence
1979L, 71-63Norman
1979L, 82-60Lincoln
1980L, 68-44Lincoln
1983L, 85-78Lincoln
1983W, 107-82Norman
1984W, 93-85Lincoln
1984W, 97-79Norman
1985W, 86-74Norman
1985L, 102-99Lincoln
1986W, 88-72Norman
1986W, 102-75Lincoln
1987W, 97-81Norman
1987L, 97-89Lincoln
1988L, 94-82Norman
1988L, 92-74Lincoln
1989W, 68-65Norman
1989L, 85-76Lincoln
1990L, 88-81Lincoln
1990W, 102-77Norman
1991L, 95-67Lincoln
1991W, 75-72Norman
1992L, 97-65Lincoln
1992W, 92-89Norman
1993L, 87-78Lincoln
1993L, 97-83Norman
1994W, 79-78Norman
1994L, 82-76Lincoln
1994L, 73-56Salina
1995W, 63-62Norman
1995W, 85-83Lincoln
1995W, 77-67Salina
1996L, 79-58Norman
1996L, 71-52Lincoln
1997L, 87-59Lincoln
1998L, 101-72Norman
1999L, 85-62Lincoln

NEXT UP
Oklahoma travels to Ames, Iowa, to face No. 9/8 Iowa State (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) at the James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,044 capacity) on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.

CAUFIELD AUTOMATIC
Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is automatic when placed on the free throw line in the final minutes of the game. The 5-9 guard has connected on 19-of-20 attempted foul shot within the last two minutes of action. On the season, she has connected on 107 of 133 foul shots for 80.5 accuracy.

INJURY REPORT
OU is injury free heading into the game.

KNOR & KOKC RADIO PICKS UP TWO WOMEN'S GAMES
The University of Oklahoma athletic officials announced that KNOR AM (1400) and KOKC AM (1490) radio stations will pick up two women's basketball games this season. The radio stations will air the Iowa State and Oklahoma State games on Feb. 8, and March 1, respectively. Both games were scheduled to be taped delayed on KOMA (1520 AM) due to conflicts with the men's team playing at the same time. Tip off is at 7 p.m. for each game.

SSP SET TO TELEVISE OU-TEXAS GAME
The Oklahoma Sooner Sports Properties will televise the Oklahoma-Texas women's basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. NewNow, Channel 53 will air the game live locally.

IT'S ALL-ACADEMIC
Eight women's basketball players were honored at halftime of the men's OU-Texas game, a game that was a part of Big Monday basketball on ESPN. Players who were honored earned a grade point average of 3.0-or-better for the fall semester. Honorees included: Jennifer Cunningham, Shannon Selmon, Angye Tilley, Stephaine Simon, Phylesha Whaley, Jamie Mayer, Stacey Dales and Caton Hill.

WHALEY'S NOW NO. 2 IN CAREER POINTS AND REBOUNDS
With seven rebounds against Baylor Wednesday senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) moved into the No. 2 slot on OU's career list. Whaley also ranks second in career points as she scored 20 against the Bears. She owns 1,915 career points and 805 career rebounds. Former Sooner great Molly McGuire holds both records with 2,147 points and 1,071 boards.

WHALEY WATCH

CategoryCurrently NeedsTo move, pass
PointsNo. 2, 1915233No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG MadeNo. 2, 672188No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
FG AttemptedNo. 2, 140232No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
3pt. FG MadeNo. 10, 616No. 9, Laura Rushing (1987-90)
3pt. FG AttemptedNo. 11, 16213No. 10, Sunny Hardeman (1995-99)
FT MadeNo. 1, 510XHas record
FT AttemptedNo. 1, 657XHas record (vs. Tulsa, 11-21-99)
ReboundsNo. 2, 805267No. 1, Molly McGuire (1980-83)
Off. ReboundsNo. 1, 284XHas record (at Tenn. Tech, 11-19-99)
Def. ReboundsNo. 1, 521XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Games StartedNo. 3, 1046No. 1, Angi Guffy (1992-95) should tie it at Texas Tech (F19) and break it at Kansas State (F22)
Minutes PlayedNo. 1, 3610XHas record (at Baylor, 1-15-00)
Consecutive Games StartedNo. 1, 104XHas record (vs. UALR 12-11-99)

SOONERS ARE THE ONLY TEAM TO ...
The Oklahoma women's basketball team is the only program in the Big 12 Conference to ever be undefeated eight games into the conference schedule. Texas and Kansas were 7-1 after playing eight games in 1996-97, the first year of the Big 12.

TWO DOWN - THREE TO GO
OU made it a goal at the start of the season to beat the five remaining teams that were perfect against the Sooners and Head Coach Sherri Coale. Oklahoma has taken care of two this season, Texas Tech and Missouri. The remaining three are Iowa State, Kansas and Nebraska.

NOTABLES

  • OU will match its second longest winning streak in school history, 10 games, win over Nebraska Saturday. The 1984-85 squad also accomplished this mark. The 1983-84 team holds the school record 11 consecutive victories.
  • Oklahoma is 3-1 when playing a televised game.
  • Oklahoma set a record for the largest crowd to ever witness a women's sporting event in the state of Oklahoma when 10,713 fans watched the Connecticut game on Dec. 29. OU also set its fourth highest attendance figure of 5,512 against Colorado on Jan. 22.
  • OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.
  • Stacey Dales needs 17 assists to move to No. 4 (303) on OU's all-time assists list. She ranks fifth with 283 career assists.
  • With LaNeishea Caufield's 65 steals this season the sophomore from Ada, Okla., ranks 13th on OU's career list with 139. She's three shy of 12th-ranked Terry Willis' 141 career steals.
  • In career blocks, Dales is tied for 15th with four this season, pushing her career total to 20.
  • Junior Desiree Taylor now ranks among OU's best in offensive rebounds with 119, ranking her 14th on the all-time list.
  • Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 11th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 58. Hardeman has hit 23 this year, surpassing her previous season high of 22 set as a freshman in 1997-98.
  • OU's last conference win equaled the most victories a Sherri Coale-coached team has earned in conference action.
  • OU's win against Baylor gave this year's team the best school record 21 games into the season, 18-3.
  • Oklahoma became the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go undefeated in the month of January (8-0).

DALES TOPS THE CONFERENCE
Sophomore Stacey Dales currently leads the Big 12 Conference in assists with 6.43 a game. She also ranks third in assists/turnover ratio (1.73) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.371). A year ago, Dales finished the season ranked fifth in assists and 13th in assists/turnover ratio.

ATTENDANCE IS RISING
Oklahoma's home average attendance of 2,475 fans ranks 29th in the nation according to an unofficial home attendance chart complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office. The 27,220 fans who have already witnessed the excitement of OU women's basketball this season surpasses last year's season total of 20,257. The Sooners are 10-1 when playing at home.

KEYS TO SOONERS SUCCESS
OU is 16-0 when leading at halftime, gaining more total rebounds, more defensive boards, shooting more free throws, and dishing out more assists.

The Sooners are also 15-0 when making more free throws and are 12-0 when shooting 50 percent-or-better from the field and when the bench scores more points than its opponent's subs.

WHALEY NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Phylesha Whaley was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 24. It marked Whaley's first league honor this season but her eighth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week-title. The 5-10 power forward averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50 percent from the field (12-of-24), 60 percent from the three-point line (3-of-5) and hit 90 percent from the free throw line (9-10) as the Sooners defeated Texas and Colorado.

The Slaton, Texas, native played 37 of 40 minutes, scored 15 points, was 2-for-3 from three-point land, grabbed eight rebounds and pocketed two steals against Texas. Oklahoma became just the 42nd of 330 teams to beat the Longhorns in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center. OU won the game 76-73 on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

OU returned to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Jan. 22, to hand Colorado its fourth straight conference loss of the year. Whaley had game highs in points (21) and rebounds (9). She also was perfect from the foul line (6-6), shot 59 percent from the field and added two steals and assists to her total.

BREAKING IN & MOVING ON UP
For the first time this season, the Oklahoma women's basketball team appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

This week marks the third consecutive week that OU has been ranked in the top 25 in the AP poll. The Sooners moved up to No. 22 in the most recent version.

The Sooners first appeared in the AP poll the week of Jan. 21 after a four-year absence.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 18-3, including a 17-1 run in its last 18 games. OU is the Big 12's only undefeated team (8-0), men or women.

Prior to this year, the last time Oklahoma was ranked in the top 25 was on Feb. 28, 1995. The highest national ranking the Sooners have ever received was 11th in 1985-86. That season, OU was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks.

OU AND SOONERS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 25th with 19.7 points per game, while Dales is 17th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.4 a game. (as of Jan. 31)

As a team, Oklahoma appears among the best in scoring, rebounding margin, field goal percentage and win-loss percentage. OU is fifth in field goal percentage, (shooting 49.3 percent), sixth in rebounding margin (+9.1), 11th in win-loss percentage (.850 (17-3)) and 13th in scoring (79.7). (as of Jan. 31)

RPI RANKINGS
In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is ranked ninth in the country.

Only Texas Tech (8th) from the Big 12 Conference ranks higher than the Sooners.

The Ranking Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is derived from three component factors: Division I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%). Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculation of the RPI.

HAYES STEPS DOWN
Oklahoma women's basketball assistant coach Kristi Hayes announced her resignation Monday. Hayes, who had been with the program for seven months, cited her mother's illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.

"There is nothing more important to me in this world than family," said Hayes. "My mother needs her family right now and therefore that is where I must go."

The Jefferson, Iowa, native plans to return home in mid-February to support her mother, Vicky, who is battling cancer. Hayes, a former Drake basketball standout, has also battled the life threatening disease as she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996. In support of her daughter, Mrs. Kinne quit her job and stayed at home with Kristi.

Hayes is married to OU assistant football coach Jonathan Hayes and the couple is expecting their first child in June.

"I am fortunate to have a very supportive and loving husband (Jonathan Hayes) who has already done so much to help me with my mother's illness. I am lucky to have been a part of a caring and mature team who completely understands. I am grateful to be a part of a family who I know will always be there for one another."

Hayes was a Kodak All-American honorable mention at Drake in 1995. She also earned all-district and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors that same season.

Sherri Coale promoted administrative assistant Deren Boyd to interim assistant coach for the remainder of the season. Boyd is in his first year as a full-time staff member but fourth overall with the women's basketball program.