Women's Basketball Battles No. 12/11 Baylor On Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 11, 2002

Jan. 11, 2002

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Oklahoma (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) is ready for its third ranked Big 12 team in four games. OU will face No. 12/11 Baylor (13-1, 1-1 Big 12) in Waco, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. inside the Ferrell Center (10,284). OU makes its first of four FoxSports Network appearance against Baylor. Bill Land (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) will team up this weekend to bring you top 25 women's baskteball action as part of the Big 12 Conference television package.

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 www.soonersports.com.

OU's second conference road game will provide the same challenge as its first against Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Lady Bears have announced a sellout crowd for Saturday's game and expects more than 10,000 fans. BU promoted the game as "Sellout 2002".

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Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Baylor, 10-4. The Sooners have swept the two game series that last three years and own a 4-2 advantage when playing in Waco. However, the Lady Bears played the Sooners extremely well a year ago at both locations.

In Waco, OU escaped with a three point victory after leading by as many as 10 points in the second half. In that game, there were seven lead changes, five ties and the largest lead for neither team was 11 (OU). With five minutes to play in the second half, Baylor took the lead until OU's Jen Cunningham grabbed an offensive rebound for two points and a free throw. That put Oklahoma ahead for good with :53 remaining.

In Norman, Baylor came within 10 points of beating the Sooners. That game had six ties and eight lead changes. Once again BU took the lead, 75-76, on a jumper by Monica Arnold with 4:32 to play. OU responded with an 11-0 run to end the game, 86-76.

OKLAHOMA (13-1, 3-0 BIG 12)
Second-ranked Oklahoma enters this weekend riding a 17-game Big 12 Conference regular season winning streak. The Sooners will also attempt to extend their 10-consecutive Big 12 road winning streak against Baylor.

Most recently OU defeated Oklahoma State, 65-48, inside the Lloyd Noble Center for its third conference win. The Sooners' 65 point performance was a season low, however, OU held the Cowgirls to its lowest offensive production of the year. OU's trio of seniors LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) combined for 45 of the team's 65 points and nearly outscored the entire OSU squad. OU also held the edge on the boards, 42-32, and dished out 17 assists to O-State's five.

Four Sooners enter this weekend averaging over 10-points per game. Caufield and Dales top the team with 19.9 and 14.9 points per game, respectively. Hill follows the duo with 12.8 ppg while senior Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) adds 12.7. Senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.), OU's fifth starter, contributes 9.1 ppg to the offensive line. Defensivley, Oklahoma has five Sooners averaging five-plus rebounds per game. Hill leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 an outing. Ross follows at 5.9 boards a contest and Talbert averages 5.6 rpg. Freshman Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo.) and Caufield ranks fourth on the team with 5.1 rebounds each while Dales checks in with 4.6 rpg.

As a team, Oklahoma shoots 46.9 percent from the field, 72.1 percent from the foul line and 37.0 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also outrebounded their opponents, 40.6-to-35.5, and dished out 233-164 more assists.

BAYLOR (13-1, 1-1 BIG 12)
Baylor, ranked 12th in the AP poll and 11th in the Coaches poll, enters with a record of 13-1 overall and support a 1-1 Big 12 mark. Baylor recently defeated Kansas, 68-49, in Waco, after losing its Big 12 opener to Kansas State, 89-75, in Manhattan, Kan.

The Lady Bears are also led by seniors,Shelia Lambert and Danielle Crockrom. Together the duo accounts for 35.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Lambert leads the team with 17.8 ppg while Crockrom adds 17.2. Crockrom tops the team and ranks second in the Big 12 with 9.9 rebounds per game.

As a team, Baylor shoots 44.7 percent from the field, 74.2 percent from the foul line and 29.6 percent from the arc. The Lady Bears hold a 47.1-to-36.1 advantage on the boards.

The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department is the only NCAA Division I school to have its football (No. 6), men's basketball (No. 5) and women's basketball (No. 3) programs ranked among the nation's top 10.

OU's basketball programs are joined by Duke's as the only two to have both ranked among the nation's top 10. However, OU is the only school in the nation with both men's and women's teams ranked in the top five in the Associated Press poll.

The 2001 academic fall semester brought great success to the Oklahoma women's basketball team as the program earned a 3.44 grade point average, its best ever. Three Sooners established a perfect 4.0 grade point average (Theresa Schuknecht, Kate Scott and Lauren Shoush) for the fall semester, while six student-athletes earned a 3.5 or better GPA (Lindsey Casey, Jen Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Stephanie Luce, Shannon Selmon and Stephanie Simon).

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. 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. She has taken a well below average program and turned it into one of the top five powerhouses in women's basketball in six seasons.

Kim Mulkey-Robertson (Louisiana Tech, 1984), a 2000 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, is in her second season as the head coach of the Baylor women's basketball program. She took a 7-20 team (1999-2000) and guided them to their first ever NCAA Tournament berth (2000-2001). Baylor posted one of the most impressive turnarounds in NCAA Division I a year ago, with a 14-game swing. Prior to accepting the Baylor job, she spent 19 years as either a player or coach in the legendary Louisiana Tech program. While with the Lady Techster's program, they advanced to 11 Final Fours and won three national championships.

In Saturday's game the Selmon family will be well reprensented as sisters Shannon and Lauren will be playing each other for the first time. Shannon a senior at Oklahoma welcomes Lauren, a freshman for Baylor, to NCAA Division I and Big 12 basketball. The duo are the proud parents of Dewey and Kathryn Selmon. Dewey was a 1975 consensus All-American that played for Okahoma and was among the famous trio of Selmon brothers who played for the Sooners from 1972-75.

Junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is two double-doubles shy of matching the school's all-time record of 25 held by former Sooner great Phylesha Whaley (1997-2000). Hill has produced three double doubles this season and owns 23 for her three year career.

Oklahoma is the only team in the Big 12 Conference who has six players averaging 4.5 or more rebounds per game (entering this week). The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 6.7 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross with 5.9 and Jamie Talbert with 5.6 rpg. Freshman Dionnah Jackson and senior LaNeishea Caufield ranks fourth on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. Senior Stacey Dales averages 4.6 rpg.

Colorado and Iowa State each have six players who grabs 4.0-or-more rebounds per game.

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.) have produced 59.0 percent of Oklahoma's scoring this season.

In seven of the last nine games, Dales, Caufield and Hill have accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's total points. The trio combined for a season-high 69 percent of the team's points twice.

The most points that the trio has ever been responsible for in a single game was 75 percent against Colorado in Boulder (Jan. 3, 2001). They scored 67 of OU's 89 points in OU's 89-69 win over the Buffs. In that game, Hill produced game highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while teammates Caufield and Dales contributed 22 and 20 points, respectively.

Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 310 points off their opponent's turnovers. Twenty-seven percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 336 turnovers to its 270.

Oklahoma already match the school's best start with 10 straight wins to open the season, now OU wants to match the programs' second best performance 15 games into the schedule ... OU is one win shy of achieving this task ... the 1986-87 team went 14-1 before losing its second game of the year ... The Sooners have won 10 straight Big 12 Conference road games dating back 2000 ... OU has won 15 straight games and 21 of its last 22 games inside the Lloyd Noble Center ... Senior Rosalind Ross could be the only player in NCAA Division I playing without an ACL ... Oklahoma has defeated its opponents by a scoring margin of +18.1 ... OU won its 20th game all-time against a top 25 team against Texas Tech on Jan. 5... Senior Stacey Dales moved up No. 6 on OU's all-time scoring chart against OSU ... she currently has 1,518 career points ... Junior Caton Hill has gone from No. 15 to No. 9 on Oklahoma's all-time chart for career rebounds ... Senior LaNeishea Caufield ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 19.9 ppg ... Four Sooners rank among the conference's top 25 in scoring, three are listed among the top 15 in steals and rebounds ... Rosalind Ross has scored 10-plus points in nine games and 20-or-more in three ... Jamie Talbert has had five-or-more rebounds in nine games ... she has also shot better than 50 percent from the field nine times.

Oklahoma moved to No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. This ranking is the highest for any Sooner women's basketball team during regular season action. However, OU was a preseason No. 1 selection by Lindy's Magazine in October. OU has been ranked in 40 straight AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls. Oklahoma's first appearance under current Sooner coach Sherri Coale was Jan. 17, 2000. Prior to Coale's arrival, the Sooners' highest ranking was 11th for the week of Jan. 12, 1986.

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.



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