March 1, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior All-American Phylesha Whaley led the No. 21 Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team to a 77-68 win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in her final home game in front of 4,265 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday night. The win clinched a tie for the Big 12 Conference regular season title for the Sooners, only the second in school history. OU finishes with a regular season record of 23-6 overall and 13-3 in the league, while the loss drops OSU to 13-15 and 5-11.
Whaley, who earlier in the day was named Women's Basketball Service first team All-American, scored a team-high 22 points, including nine in the final 10 minutes to spark a Sooner run after the two teams were tied at 53 halfway through the second half. OU's three-point shooting kept them in the game as the Sooners hit 40 percent (8-for-20) from behind the three-point line, including two key treys by Stacey Dales and Sunny Hardeman down the stretch to help Oklahoma pull away with the lead for good.
After trailing at halftime 37-35 for only the second time in conference play, the Sooner offense heated up after intermission, shooting 54 percent from the field. Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield added a 19 point, nine rebound performance to aid in the Sooners' effort.
For the Cowgirls, center Jessica Bates scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while senior guard Jennifer Crow contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sooners now turn to the Big 12 Tournament next week, March 7-11, at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.