Feb. 22, 2002

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Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
AT MISSOURI

  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002
  • 1 P.M.
  • Hearnes Center
  • Columbia, Mo.
  • FOX Sports Network
  • KOMA-AM Radio (1520)

OKLAHOMA LOOKS FOR SECOND OUTRIGHT TITLE AT MISSOURI
The third-ranked Oklahoma (22-3, 12-2 Big 12) women's basketball team looks to claim its second straight outright Big 12 title Saturday against Missouri (14-11, 5-9) in Columbia, Mo. The two teams will face each other at 1 p.m. in a FOX Sports televised game. Josh Lewin will bring you play-by-play action while color analyst will be Debbie Antonelli. This will be the only regular season meeting between these two teams this season.

Oklahoma had its eight-game winning streak snapped at No. 15/14 Texas Tuesday. The Longhorns beat OU 68-62 in overtime in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma has only lost two Big 12 road games in two years, both this season - Iowa State on Jan. 15, 2002 and Texas on Feb. 19, 2002. The Sooners were the only team in conference play last season to go undefeated away from home, 8-0. This season OU is 5-2.

This season, Oklahoma boasts a 7-3 record against top 25 teams and a 3-1 mark vs. top 10. Missouri supports a 1-7 mark vs. top 25 teams and 1-1 mark when playing top 10 teams.

In addition, fans may 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. This broadcast will also air over the world wide web at www.soonersports.com.

A WIN WOULD...
If Oklahoma beats Missouri or wins one of its last two games the Sooners will captured the 2002 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 last 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 - MISSOURI LEADS 27-17
Missouri leads the all-time series with Oklahoma 27-17. However, OU has won the last two games against the Tigers. Oklahoma defeated MU, 82-62, last year in Norman and 76-71 in Columbia in 2000. Prior to these two wins, Missouri had won four consecutive games against OU. Yearly results are located on page 5 of this release.

OKLAHOMA (22-3, 12-2 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 17.9 points per game. Dales has increased her points per game to 16.2, while Hill contributes 12.8 and Ross adds 11.2. Defensively, all five starters average 5.0 rebounds per game. Hill tops the team with 7.2 boards per outing. She's followed by Ross' 5.5 rpg and senior Jamie Talbert's (Elkhart, Kan.), 5.4. Senior All-America candidates Caufield and Dales also grabs 5.1 and 5.0 rebounds per game, respectively. Freshman guard Dionnah Jackson (St. Louis, Mo. ) comes off the bench for 4.8 boards per outing.

As a team, Oklahoma shoots 34.7 percent from the field, 73.2 percent from the foul line and 34.7 percent from the arc. The Sooners have also out rebounded their opponents, 998-to-890, and dished out 423-to-316 more assists.

MISSOURI (14-11, 5-9 BIG 12)
Missouri looks to end a three-game losing streak against the Sooners Saturday. The Tigers lost to nationally ranked Colorado, 78-47, and Iowa State, 62-52, plus Texas A&M, 85-61, since winning their last game against Kansas, 69-57 on Feb. 9. MU enters the game with an overall record of 14-11 and conference mark of 5-9. Missouri is currently ninth in the Big 12 standings with OU and Kansas State remaining on its schedule.

Missouri has two active players averaging 10-points or more, however, MU's second leading scorer and top rebounder, Evan Unrau, is out with a fractured ring finger on her right hand. Leading MU in scoring and assists is junior guard Kerensa Barr. Barr averages 15.8 points and 4.4 assists per outing. She also tops the team and Big 12 Conference with a solid 89.0 free throw percentage (97-109). Barr is the Tigers' second best rebounder with 6.0 rpg. Senior guard Natalie Bright accounts for 11.7 ppg and 3.7 apg and hits 34.1 percent of her shot from beyond the arc.

Unrau had surgery on Feb. 15 and hopes to return before season ends. The sophomore forward averages 12.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and has six double doubles this season.

As a team, Missouri shoots 40.0 percent from the field, 69.5 percent from the foul line and 32.2 percent from the arc. The Tigers have also outrebounded their opponents, 38.5-to-35.8.

Cindy Stein (Illinois, 1984) is in her fourth-year as the head coach for the Missouri women's basketball program.

UP NEXT FOR THE SOONERS - SENIOR NIGHT
Oklahoma will close out the 2002 regular season at home. The Sooners will host No. 17 Texas Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in a game that's televised by FOX Sports Network. OU and Tech will be the last Big 12 match up to tip off the end of the 2002 regular season schedule. Following the game, Oklahoma will also be honoring its six seniors -- LaNeishea Caufield, Jennifer Cunningham, Stacey Dales, Rosalind Ross, Jamie Talbert, Shannon Selmon.

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 five rebounds away from becoming one of the Sooners' all-time greats.

CAUFIELD RANKS NO. 21 IN CAREER STEALS IN NCAA HISTORY
Senior LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) currently ranks No. 21 among the NCAA all-time individual leaders in career steals. She has pocketed a school record 373 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 ONE 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 714. 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 AND HILL EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTICT HONORS
Senior Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and junior Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) have recently been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VII Team, chosen by the district's members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The duo has assisted the Sooners to a national ranking of No. 3, an overall record of 22-3 and 12-2 Big 12 mark. OU has also won three straight Big 12 regular season titles with Dales and Hill.

Dales, who has a 3.73 grade-point average in communications, tops the team and ranks fifth in the league in assists with 5.0 per game. She also ranks second on the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game, fourth in steals (1.6) and fifth in rebounds (5.0).

Hill is the team leader in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game while maintaining a 3.62 GPA in zoology. Hill surpassed the 1,000-point mark this season and tied OU's all-time record for most career double-doubles with 25. She also averages 12.8 ppg.

TALBERT'S PRESENT POSTED IN PAINT
With an average of 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, senior Jamie Talbert (Elkhart, Kan.) has stepped up to lead the Sooners in both categories over the last two games. Talbert, who ranks third in the Big 12 in field goal percentage, also shot an impressive 64.0 percent from the field, hitting 16-of-25 shots, and ranked second on the team for most assists (5) and steals (4).

Talbert produced her first double double of the season and second for her Sooner career with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Texas Tuesday. She also added four assists and three steals to her totals in 44 minutes of play. Against Nebraska, she scored 19 points, hitting a season-best nine field goals, had eight rebounds and was 9-14 from the field (63.6%).

Overall, Talbert averages 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and shots 55.7 percent from the field.

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.

HILL SEES LIMITED ACTION AT TEXAS
Junior forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) played a career low seven minutes at Texas and fouled out with nearly eight minutes to play. In that short amount of time, the power forward grabbed four rebounds, three offensive. She also was held scoreless in this game for just the second time in her career. Last year at Wisconsin, Hill failed to record points on the board.

REBOUNDING QUEENS
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 4.8 or more rpg.

The Sooners are led by junior sensation Caton Hill with 7.2 boards per game, followed by seniors Rosalind Ross' 5.5 and Jamie Talbert 5.4 rpg. Seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales averages 5.1 and 5.0 boards per game while freshman Dionnah Jackson grabs 4.8 rpg.

Colorado has six players averaging 4.0 rpg, while Baylor has five players averaging 4.3-or-more rebounds per game.

60 PERCENT OF OU'S FIELD GOALS ARE ASSISTED
Oklahoma is a very unselfish team. Of OU's 704 field goals made this year, 60.0 percent have been assisted. Senior Stacey Dales leads the team with 5.0 assists per game, followed by freshman Dionnah Jackson who comes off the bench for 3.0 apg. In addition, seniors LaNeishea Caufield and Rosalind Ross each distributes 2.2 assists per outing.

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 against the Cyclones. The trio also combined for 70 percent of the team's total points in both games against Baylor.

FREE THROWS WOES
Oklahoma is usually a good free throw shooting team. Prior to the Texas game Tuesday, OU had nailed 88.5 percent of its free throws, hitting 54 of its last 61. Against the Longhorns, the Sooners were only able to connect on 15-of-29 free throws, for their second worst shooting percentage of 51.7 for the season. For the year, OU boasts a 73.2 free throw percentage, hitting 397-of-542 attempts.

CLEANING THE GLASS
Oklahoma has outrebounded 17 of its 25 opponents this season, including 10 Big 12 teams. The Sooners sport a +4.3 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 463 turnovers compared to its opponents' 573. The Sooners have scored 744 points off their opponent's fumbles while only 421 points have been scored off of Oklahoma's turnovers. Of OU's total points, 38.0 percent have come from opponents mistakes.

POWER IN THE PAINT
Even thought 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 850 of its 1,938 points off of layups or between the free throw lines. OU's opponents have only scored 498 points within this area.

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.