Feb. 4, 2002
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OKLAHOMA SET TO HOST BAYLOR AND TEXAS A&M THIS WEEK
The fourth-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team (18-2, 8-1 Big 12) enters this week with a pair of home games against Baylor and Texas A&M. OU will face the Lady Bears of Baylor (18-3, 6-3 Big 12) on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. before hosting Texas A&M (11-10, 3-6 Big 12) on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
Tuesday's game against the Lady Bears will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network (KSBI Channel 52 OKC (Cox Channel 9), KWBT Channel 19 Tulsa, KSWO Channel 7 Lawton, KOMI Channel 24 Woodward). Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (color) will call the action. 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 is currently on a four-game winning streak, while BU has won five straight game. Texas A&M is coming off of an upset victory of Texas last week in College Station, Texas. The Aggies are 2-5 against top 25 teams, while Baylor is only 1-2 against teams ranked among the nation's elite.
The Sooners play four of their last seven conference games at home. Oklahoma is flawless, 8-0, when playing inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma currently owns the fifth best home winning steak in the NCAA of 17 games. The Sooners have not lost a game at home since Jan. 6, 2001.
SERIES RECORD - OU LEADS 11-4
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Baylor, 11-4. The Sooners have swept the two game series that last three years and own a 5-2 advantage when playing in Norman. However, the Lady Bears have played the Sooners extremely well the last three games.
Earlier this season, Oklahoma handed Baylor its first home loss and just the third home loss in two years under current BU head coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson on Jan. 12, 2002. OU came from behind to defeated the Lady Bears, 82-73, in Waco. For the game recap see page 5 of this release.
Last year 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 (18-2, 8-1 BIG 12)
Oklahoma enters this week riding a four-game winning streak and sporting a +20.5 scoring margin over its last four opponents. OU's quartet of LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.), Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada), Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) continues to be successful on both ends of the court. They each average better than 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
After defeating Baylor on Jan. 12, Oklahoma suffered its first league loss at Iowa State on Jan. 15. Following that loss, OU has responded by winning its last four conference games conveniently. Caufield continues to lead the Sooners in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game. Dales has gradually increased her points per game to 15.8, while Hill contributes 13.1 and Ross adds 11.8. Defensively, Hill remains Oklahoma's top rebounder at 7.4 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.) 5.3 rpg and Caufield's 5.1. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.9 boards per outing.
As a team, Oklahoma shoots 46.2 percent from the field, 72.6 percent from the foul line and 34.7 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 39.8-to-35.2, and dished out 336-253 more assists.
BAYLOR (18-3, 6-3 BIG 12)
Baylor, ranked 10th in the AP poll and 11th in the Coaches poll, enters Tuesday with a record of 18-3 overall and support a 6-3 Big 12 mark. Baylor recently defeated Oklahoma State, 80-62, in Waco.
The Lady Bears are led by seniors Shelia Lambert and Danielle Crockrom. Together the duo accounts for 36.1 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. Lambert leads the team with 19.6 ppg while Crockrom adds 16.5. Crockrom tops the team and ranks second in the Big 12 with 9.2 rebounds per game.
As a team, Baylor shoots 44.4 percent from the field, 76.4 percent from the foul line and 30.1 percent from the arc. The Lady Bears hold a 45.3-to-35.9 advantage on the boards.
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.
HOME STREAK ON THE LINE
Oklahoma currently owns the fifth best home winning steak in the NCAA of 17 games. The Sooners have not lost a game inside the Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Iowa State, 81-79). Notre Dame (48), Connecticut (43), Purdue (22) and Holy Cross (18) holds the top four spots.
COALE CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Sherri Coale is just one win shy of her 100th career victory and her 50th Big 12 Conference win as Oklahoma women's basketball head coach. Coale's six-year record at OU is 99-71 and conference mark is 49-40.
She will become the first coach in OU history to win 50 conference games and one of only two coaches to win 100-plus games. Former Sooner coach Maura McHugh achieved this milestone while coaching at OU during the 1980s (1981-87, 7 yrs.). McHugh produced an overall record of 142-70 (.670 winning percentage). She is currently the head coach the Sacramento Monarchs of WNBA.
ROSS LOOKS TO TURN THINGS AROUND
Senior Rosalind Ross scored a career-high 25 points against Baylor on Jan. 12. She connected on 8-of-14 from the field, including five three pointers.
Ross was averaging 13.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg and shooting 39.6 percent from the three-point line.
Since the Baylor game, she's only connected on 4-of-26 three-pointers and is averaging 6.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
In Tuesday's game the Selmon family will be well represented as sisters Shannon and Lauren will be suited up but for different teams. Shannon, a senior at Oklahoma, welcomes Lauren back home to Norman in her first appearance in a Baylor uniform.
Lauren's, a freshman for BU, has played in five games and averages 1.4 ppg and 1.0 rpg. Shannon has seen action in 15 games and contributes 1.9 rpg.
The duo are the proud parents of Dewey and Kathryn Selmon. Dewey was a 1975 consensus All-American that played for Oklahoma and was among the famous trio of Selmon brothers who played for the Sooners from 1972-75.
HILL SCORES 1,000 POINTS
Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) became one of three current Sooner to have scored better more 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 Saturday. She now has 1,012 points as a Sooner. Hill has scored 20-or-more points four times this season. Hill tied a career high with four three-point field goals made against the Jayhawks. She also had eight boards, marking the 10th time this season she's led OU in rebounds.
In Oklahoma's final 20 minutes against Texas A&M (Jan. 26) and first 20 minutes verus Kansas (Feb. 2) the Sooners only allowed nine field goals between the two teams.
The Aggies were only able to connect on four field goals and make three free throws en route to scoring just 11 points. TAM's 11 points marked an Oklahoma school record for fewest points allowed in a half. Texas A&M shot 14.3 percent from the field in the second half.
The Sooners also held the Aggies to their second worst offensive production in program history of 40 points.
Kansas was only able to hit 5-of-26 field goals for a 19.2 field goal percentage in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Jayhawks were held to just 12 points, which ties the second fewest points allowed by an Oklahoma team.
The previous record was held by Tulsa (1985) and San Diego (1999) who only scored 12 points against the Sooners.
CAUFIELD SCORES 60% IN THE PAINT
Naismith Player of the Year candidate LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) has scored 60.0 percent of her points in the paint this season. The 5-9 guard isn't shy about mixing it up with opponent's post players. She has scored 376 points this season, 100 from the free throw line, and 166 points have come in the paint or off layups.
Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 Conference that has six players averaging 4.7 or more rebounds per game. Four players average better than 5.0 boards a game. The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.4 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross' 5.3, Jamie Talbert's 5.3 rpg and LaNeishea Caufield's 5.1. Freshman Dionnah Jackson ranks fifth on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. Senior Stacey Dales averages 4.7 rpg.
Colorado has six players averaging 4.3 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.1-or-more rebounds per game.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Oklahoma has taken advantage of its quick hands and feet as the Sooners have scored 638 points off their opponent's turnovers. Only 350 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's TOs. Fourty percent of OU's total points this season have come from opponents mistakes. OU has forced 470 turnovers to its 379.
DOMINANCE DOWN LOW
Even thought Oklahoma is usually the smaller team on the court, the Sooners have scored 42.8 percent of their points in paint. Oklahoma has registered 678 of its 1583 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents has only scored 364 points within this area.
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 60.0 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 10 of the last 13 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 82 points at Baylor and accounted for 69 percent of the team's points twice this season.