Feb. 18, 2000

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GAME #26
#18/20 Oklahoma (20-5, 10-2) at #12/8 Texas Tech (20-3, 9-3)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000
Arena: United Spirit Center (15,000)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM) - Live
Internet: www.soonersports.com - Live
TV: ESPN2

THE GAME
No. 18/20 Oklahoma (20-5 overall, 10-2 Big 12) heads to Lubbock, Texas, to face No. 12/8 Texas Tech (20-3, 9-3) in its first ever game on ESPN2. The two teams will meet for the second time this year and 20th overall on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the United Spirit Center at 1 p.m. Tech holds the all-time series advantage, 16-3.

In the first meeting, OU picked up a 82-76 victory over then No. 13 Texas Tech for its first win over a ranked opponent this year. That victory pushed the Sooners into the Associated Press top 25 ranking (No. 25), a spot OU had not held for five years.

AIR TIME
The game with Texas Tech will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Nancy Lieberman-Cline calling the action. The game also will be carried live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (KOMA 1520AM) with Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) announcing.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Oklahoma has dropped two of its last three games but remains in first place in the Big 12 Conference with a league record of 10-2, followed by Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas all tied for second with 9-3 records.

The Sooners split the two-game series with Texas when the Longhorns captured a 77-70 victory over Oklahoma Wednesday night in Norman. The win marked the first time in three years that a UT team defeated a ranked opponent on the road. The Longhorns used a 45-35 rebounding advantage and capitalize on 31 second chance points en route to the win. UT also shot 45.2 percent from the field and held OU to 10 points below the Sooners season average of 79.5 points per game.

Oklahoma led for the first and only time in the game with a 24 second stand in the second half, 47-46, on a layup and free throw by senior Phylesha Whaley with 15:43 to play. Whaley led all scores with 31 points. The Sooners had 14 steals to UT's nine, while both teams committed 19 turnovers.

Texas led at intermission, 41-36, despite having its All-American Edwina Brown missing the last 13 minutes with two personal fouls.

LEADING THE SOONERS
Senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) has been OU's leading scorer in 15 of the team's 25 games, including six of the last eight outings against Big 12 schools. Whaley promotes her worthiness of All-America honors with her 20.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. She has unleashed 20-plus points against 13 teams, including a season best 31 against Texas Wednesday, and recorded double-digit scoring in all 25 games this season.

Whaley's supporting cast includes sophomore sensations LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales. Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is good for 13.8 points and a team-best 3.12 steals per game, while Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) adds a team- and Big 12 Conference-best 6.20 assists and 12.8 points per try.

Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one of the top newcomers in the league and probably the most consistent rookie among the Big 12 schools. Hill contributes 10.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 2.0 assists and shoots 50-percent from the field and 68 percent from the foul line.

Oklahoma also gets solid numbers from its bench as freshman guard Jadrea Seeley (Bethel, Okla.) averages 8.5 points and shoots 53.3 percent from the field percentage. Junior Desiree Taylor is strong for OU on the boards with 3.1 and 5.1 points a game.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech is playing as well as any time in the Big 12 Conference right now. Tech enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 20-3 on the season, 9-3 in the Big 12 and has records of 12-0 at home and 8-3 on the road.

TTU opened conference play with a 62-37 thrashing by Iowa State on Jan. 2, followed by losing to Oklahoma, 82-76, on Jan. 8. The Lady Raiders put together a seven-game winning streak before being surprised by Missouri, 52-49, on Feb. 8, in Columbia. The Tigers hit a last second shot for the win.

Texas Tech last two games have been home victories over Texas A&M, 58-44, and Nebraska, 66-62, extending its flawless home record to 12-0.

Like Oklahoma, Texas Tech has four players averaging in double digit scoring. Senior forward Aleah Johnson leads TTU with 14.0 points per game, followed by freshman center Plenette Pierson's 13.3, senior Keitha Dickerson's 12.0 and junior guard Katrisa O'Neal's 11.2 points a game. Dickerson's tops Tech and the Big 12 Conference in rebounding with 10.5 boards a game. Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 123 assists, 5.35 per game.

Probable Starters
Oklahoma

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPGOthers
F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.25-2520.28.21st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.25-2510.27.41st in def. rebs.
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.25-2513.84.73.1 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.25-2512.85.26.2 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.25-224.51.93.5 apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.25-35.13.1
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.24-02.22.1
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.25-08.51.9

Texas Tech

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
F15Aleah Johnson6-1Sr.23-2314.04.7
F25Keitha Dickerson6-0Sr.23-2312.010.5
C54Plenette Pierson6-1Fr.23-2313.36.7
G03Melinda Pharies5-9Sr.23-236.42.9
G24Katrisa O'Neal5-6Jr.23-2311.23.6

Off the bench (listed numerically)

Pos.No.PlayersHt.Yr.GP-GSPPGRPG
G01Courtney Pastner5-5Fr.15-01.10.7
G32Amber Tarr6-0So.23-04.02.0
C34Tanisha Ellison6-1So.23-03.73.1

THE SERIES
The first time these two teams meet this year, Texas Tech was still one of only four teams from the Big 12 Conference that a Sherri Coale-coached squad has not defeated. The Sooners took care of that with an 82-76 victory in Norman on Jan. 8.

Oklahoma is 1-6 against Tech since 1996 and 3-16 overall. Prior to this season, the last time OU defeated Texas Tech was in 1983, Marsha Sharp's first year as TTU's coach, in a 93-91 overtime game in Norman.

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
Year-by-Year Recap

YearResultSiteMargin
1980L, 65-58Lubbock-7
1980L, 55-48Norman-7
1981W, 69-56Norman-13
1981L, 79-70Lubbock-9
1982L, 93-86Lubbock-7
1983W, 93-91 (OT)Norman+2
1989L, 64-54Lubbock-10
1990L, 88-80Norman-8
1991L, 66-50Lubbock-4
1993L, 93-56Miami-37
1994L, 80-75Lubbock-5
1995L, 66-64Norman-2
1997L, 67-55Lubbock-12
1997L, 63-49Norman-14
1998L, 79-63Lubbock-16
1998L, 94-59Norman-35
1999L, 93-69Lubbock-24
1999L, 89-87Norman-2
2000W, 82-76Norman+6

TEAM COMPARISONS
OVERALL GAMES

OUCATEGORYTTU
20-5Records20-3
79.5Points67.1
39.8Rebounds38.3
.486FG%.430
.3463pt. FG%.288
.741FT%.598
19.4Assists16.5
10.6Steals12.1
18.6Turnovers17.4

BIG 12 GAMES

OUCATEGORYTTU
10-2Records9-3
80.0Points64.4
39.6Rebounds37.4
.492FG%.430
.3703pt. FG%.289
.742FT%.598
20.0Assists16.9
18.1Turnovers17.0
9.9STEALS11.7

BOUNCE BACK
This season, Oklahoma has always been able to bounce back after a loss. After losing the season opener to nationally-ranked Arizona, the Sooners handed host Hawaii a 14 point loss in the Hawaiian Regent Classic. Oklahoma lost to Tennessee Tech but turned around an handed ORU a 17 point loss in the first game of the Bertha Teague Classic. OU also defeated North Texas after dropping an 84-68 decision to top-ranked Connecticut. The Sooners' most recent victim was arch rival Oklahoma State, 93-69, after losing their first Big 12 game to Iowa State.

WHALEY RECORDS 2000TH CAREER POINT
Senior All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) scored a season-high 31 points to earn her 2000th career point against Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Whaley is 141 shy of becoming OU's all-time record holder in points scored. She currently has 2,007 and looks to pass Sooner great Molly McGurie who has 2,148 career points.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma wraps up a two-game road swing with a trip to Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The Sooners will play Kansas State at 7p.m. inside the Bramlage Coliseum (13,500 capacity). The Sooners final two regular season games will be at home against Kansas (Feb. 29) and Oklahoma State (March 1).

WHALEY - SHOULD BE THE BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior Phylesha Whaley has taken the Oklahoma Sooners to the national spot light this year. She has carried OU for the past four years in scoring and the last three seasons in rebounding. The Slaton, Texas, native has ranked among the nation's best in points per game the last two year and is a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection.

  • In conference games, she leads the league in scoring (22.1 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.607)
  • Is the only player in the Big 12 Conference (league games) to rank among the top five in scoring (22.1), rebounding (8.4), defensive boards (5.58), field goal percentage (.567) and three-point percentage (.607)
  • Boasts three double-doubles in league play and eight double doubles on the season
  • Has had 12 20-plus scoring performances
  • Has started 108 of 108 games played
  • Is the only player out of the Big 12 top Player of the Year candidates (Whaley, Stacy Frese, Lynn Pride, Edwina Brown) to have scored in double digits each game she has played in and is tied with Brown with the most double doubles (8)
  • Averages 33.4 minutes per game
  • Has led the team in scoring 15 times, including 13 games where she's recorded 20 plus points, and rebounding 12 times
  • Named the Bertha Teague Classic Most Valuable Player and selected to the Hawaiian Regent Classic All-Tournament team this season
  • Has not scored below 15 points in a Big 12 game this season
  • Ranks second on the school's career scoring (2,007) and rebounding (835) charts

CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE HILL
Oklahoma's Caton Hill, a candidate for the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year award, could be considered one of the most consistent and steady rookies in the league. The Ada, Okla., native may not of had large scoring performances but the power forward is probably the most well-rounded freshman in the league. She contributes 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She also shoots 50 percent from the field (101-of-202) and has had 16 games where she's nailed over half her shots.

In conference games, Hill ranks third in defensive rebounds (5.08/g), fifth in total boards (7.2/g) and 12th in field goal percentage (.495). She has produced five double doubles this season, more than any other true freshman in the league, and scored 10-plus points 13 times, six against teams in the Big 12.

Defensively, she's battled for 10 or more rebounds in seven games, including career highs of 13 boards and 20 points against Texas. Hill has also pocketed four plus steals in four different games, including a career-high nine against Tulsa.

The 6-1 foward was named to the Bertha Teague Classic All-Tournament team in December.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Oklahoma is offering special discounted coupons for the remaining two home games this season -- Kansas (Feb. 29) and Oklahoma State (March 1). For the Kansas game on Saturday, Feb. 26, stop by any Norman area Carl's Jr. and pick up a coupon good for $3 off an adult admission. The first 1,500 fans to enter the East Entrance of the Lloyd Noble Center will receive a free poster compliments of Coca-Cola.

Against Oklahoma State, in OU's final regular season game, on March 1 stop by any Oklahoma City-Metro area Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Center and pick up a coupon for $3 off an adult admission to Bedlam. Also while you are there, get a coupon for $6 off a full service oil change.

SOONERS REMAIN ON TOP
With Iowa State losing to Kansas Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team was able to hold onto its first place standing in the Big 12 Conference. OU is 10-2 in league play, while ISU, Kansas and Texas Tech are 9-3. In the tied break situation, the standing would be Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

OU TOPS THE BIG 12
In Big 12 Conference games, OU leads the league in scoring (79.6) and field goal percentage (48.6) and is tied for first in assists/turnover ratio (1.04). The Sooners also rank second in assists (19.28) per game, rebounding margin (+8.6) and free throw percentage (.741).

The most impressive stats are the Sooners' assists/turnover ratio and assists per game rankings. Just a year ago, OU ended the season ranked 12th (0.67) in assists/turnover ratio and 10th in assists (13.31).

DISHING IT OUT
OU sophomore guard Stacey Dales has 155 assists on the season and is one shy of second best on the school's single season chart. Holding the top single season record for OU in this category is Sharee Mitchum, who dished out 242 assists during the 1993-94 season. Mitchum also ranks second with 156 assists in 1994-95.

Dales is 88 assists shy of Mitchum's single season record.

POCKET PICKING
Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield has pocketed 78 steals this season. The Ada, Okla., native is just 32 steals shy of becoming Oklahoma's all-time best for most thefts in a single season.

HALF THE KEY
Oklahoma has not lost a game when leading at halftime. The Sooners boast an 18-0 mark when ahead at intermission.

INJURY REPORT
OU is injury free heading into the game.

SOONERS DROP FIRST ROAD GAME
Oklahoma's 71-56 loss in Ames, Iowa, marked the team's first road loss of the season. The Sooners boast a 9-1 record on opponents' home court this season.

WHALEY'S NOW NO. 2 IN CAREER POINTS AND REBOUNDS
Senior Phylesha Whaley currently ranks second on the school's all-time lists in scoring and rebounding. The 5-10 forward opened the year ranked third in scoring, eighth in rebounding and among the top 12 in 10 other categories.

Whaley has now become the school's all-time leader in six categories: field goals attempted, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, consecutive games started and minutes played. She owns 2,007 career points and 835 career rebounds.

Former Sooner great Molly McGuire holds both records with 2,147 points and 1,071 boards.

FEBRUARY POSES A TEST
Oklahoma is embarking on its toughest stretch of the season. Five of the eight games that OU plays in February are against upper-division conference teams. Three games will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center and two on the road.

So far, OU has posted a 3-2 record in February, defeating Baylor, Oklahoma State and Nebraska and losing to Iowa State and Texas.

ONLY OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma became the first team in the Big 12 Conference to open league play with nine consecutive wins.

TAKING NOTE
In the 12 games that Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 Conference this season, OU boasts a 10.4 point margin of victory. OU's biggest wins were 28-point victories at home against Texas A&M and Baylor. The Sooners have handed five league opponents 20-point losses.

WHALEY EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS
Senior Phylesha Whaley has been named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week twice this season, marking the ninth time the power forward has earned this honor in her four year career.

Whaley earned her second player-of-week honor in three weeks on Monday, Feb. 7, after OU defeated Baylor and Nebraska. Between the two games, she averaged 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Whaley averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50 percent from the field against Colorado and Texas to earn her first player of the week on Jan. 24.

SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
Three players are currently climbing OU's single season record charts in 13 categories. Leading the way is senior forward Phylesha Whaley. Whaley, who already ranks among OU's single season greats in several areas, appears among OU's top 15 in seven categories this year. Sophomores LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales rank among the top-15 in four and three categories, respectively. To the right, is a chart of OU's single season chart chasers.

DALES TOPS THE CONFERENCE
Sophomore Stacey Dales currently leads the Big 12 Conference in assists with 6.20 a game. She also ranks third in assists/turnover ratio (1.72) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.368). A year ago, Dales finished the season ranked fifth in assists and 13th in assists/turnover ratio.

LAST TIME OU WOMEN & MEN'S TEAM RANKED
The last time that Oklahoma's men's and women's basketball programs were ranked at the same time was during the 1994-95 season. There were three weeks that both programs appeared among the nation's best in the Associated Press poll.

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 118-of-145 foul shots for 81.4 accuracy.

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.

ATTENDANCE IS RISING
Oklahoma's home average attendance of 2,547 fans ranks 30th in the nation according to an unofficial home attendance chart complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office. The 33,108 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 11-2 when playing at home.

BREAKING IN & MOVING ON UP
The Oklahoma women's basketball team first appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll on Jan. 31 and Associated Press poll on Jan. 17.

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.

TOPS IN NCAA
Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 21st with 19.8 points per game, while Dales is 15th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.2 a game. (as of Feb. 14)

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 48.9 percent), seventh in rebounding margin (+9.5), 17th in win-loss percentage (.833, 20-4) and 11th in scoring (80.0). (as of Feb. 14)

RPI RANKINGS
In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is ranked 10th in the country. (as of Feb. 13)

The Sooners have the highest RPI of teams in the Big 12 Conference, followed by Texas Tech at No. 12.

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.

KNOR & KOKC RADIO WILL HOST THE KANSAS STATE GAME
Due to scheduling conflicts with the men's basketball program, the Feb. 22 game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., will be aired on the KNOR AM (1400) and KOKC AM (1490) radio stations. The duo will also pick up Bedlam Part II (Oklahoma State) on March 1. Tip off is at 7 p.m. for each game.

CRIMSON CLIPS

  • Oklahoma's 9-0 run to open the Big 12 Conference schedule is a league best.
  • Oklahoma has lost two of its last three games.
  • After Saturday's game against Texas Tech, the Sooners have to travel to Kansas State (F22), a team that beat Iowa State, and host Kansas (F26) and Oklahoma State (M1).
  • The Sooners are 1-2 against ranked-opponents. OU lost the Arizona and Connecticut and defeated Texas Tech.
  • Oklahoma is 5-2 in televised games.
  • Oklahoma was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference Coaches and Media polls.
  • Oklahoma assistant coach Kristi Hayes resigned Monday, Feb. 1. Hayes, who had been with the program for seven months, cited her mother's illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.
  • OU matched its second longest winning streak in school history at 10 games. The 1984-85 squad also accomplished this mark. The 1983-84 team holds the school record with 11 consecutive victories.
  • 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. The 3,031 fans that watched OU thump Nebraska was the 15th largest crowd inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
  • OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.
  • Junior Desiree Taylor now ranks among OU's best in offensive rebounds with 124, ranking her 14th on the all-time list.
  • Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 10th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 63. Hardeman has hit 28 this year, surpassing her previous season high of 22 set as a freshman in 1997-98.
  • Oklahoma became the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go undefeated in the month of January (8-0).

Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball (Conference/Overall)
(As of Feb. 17)

WonLossPct.WonLossPct.
Oklahoma102.833205.800
Texas Tech93.750203.870
Iowa State93.750185.783
Kansas93.750206.750
Texas84.667178.680
Missouri66.500167.696
Nebraska66.5001211.522
Kansas State57.4171213.480
Oklahoma State48.3331212.500
Texas A&M39.2501111.500
Colorado210.167716.304
Baylor111.083616.273

Schedule & Results
FEBRUARY
15 (Tuesday)

Oklahoma State at BaylorBU, 71-60

16 (Wednesday)

Kansas State at ColoradoKSU, 62-54
Kansas at Iowa StateKU, 79-71
Missouri at Texas A&MTAM, 66-55
Nebrasaka at Texas TechTTU, 66-62
Texas at OklahomaUT, 77-70

19 (Saturday)

Nebraska at Baylor7 p.m.
Texas at Colorado8 p.m.
Missouri at Iowa State7 p.m.
Kansas State at Kansas (FSN)3 p.m.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ESPN2)1 p.m.

Key: * Big 12 game, [ ] TV game

Big 12 Players of the Week

Big 12 Player of the Week

N29Edwina Brown, UT
D6Suzi Raymant, KU
D13Stacy Frese, ISU
D20Tari Cummings, OSU
J4Lynn Pride, KU
J10Edwina Brown, UT
J17Angie Welle, ISU
J24Phylesha Whaley, OU
J31Jennifer Crow, OSU
F7Phylesha Whaley, OU
F14Nicole Kubik, NU

Big 12 Rookie of the Week

N29Jaynetta Saunders, TAM
D6Plenette Pierson, TTU
D13Amanda Lassiter, MU
D20Jaynetta Saunders, TAM
J4Jaynetta Saunders, TAM
J10Amanda Lassiter, MU
J17Alisha Sare, UT
J24Alisha Sare, UT
J31Jaynetta Saunders, TAM
F7Amanda Lassiter, MU
F14Chantoya Hawkins, OSU