Tonight's game is the second in three days for Oklahoma. The Sooners (5-2) are coming off of a 61-47 win at Stephen F. Austin and a four-game winning streak. A determined TCU team has won four of its last five games and are sitting at 5-2 on the season. OU tips off against the Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. inside the Daniel Meyer Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Sooners' games will be broadcast on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (KOMA 1520 AM). Ed Murray (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) will call the action.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
TCU comes into tonight's game riding a 73-67 loss to Arkansas State in the championship game of the Cook Children's TCU Hoops Invitational Saturday night, snapping its four game winning streak.
Jeff Mittie, a 1989 graduate of Missouri Western, is in his first year as head coach of the TCU women's basketball program. Mittie has a career coaching record of 151-59 over a seven year period.
TCU opened its season with 62-51 win over St. Mary's in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, followed by a loss to Cal-Santa Barbara, 86-61, in the second round. The Horned Frogs then went on a four-game winning streak with victories over Air Force, 92-69, Wichita State, 86-80, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 86-59, and Colgate, 91-58. TCU finished second in its Horned Frog Hoop Invitational last weekend.
Senior Diamond Jackson and sophomore Tricia Payne leads TCU with 14.1 and 14.0 points per game, respectively. Junior Janice Thomas is the team leader defensively with 7.7 boards per outing. Karen Clayton and Jill Sutton adds 5.4 and 5.1 boards per game.
A year ago the Horned Frogs ended the season with an overall record of 16-12 and 7-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. TCU returns four starters and 10 letterwinners that finished fourth in the WAC Mountain Division.
1999-2000 TCU ROSTER
|11||Amy Sutton||G||5-9||Jr.||Gunter, Texas (Gunter)|
|12||Jill Sutton||G||5-9||Jr.||Gunter, Texas (Gunter)|
|13||Jodi Harlum||G||5-8||Sr.||Lithgow, Australia|
|14||Janice Thomas||G/F||6-0||Jr.||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|22||Sally Spencer||F||5-11||Jr.||Hillsboro, Texas|
|24||Shonda Mack||F||5-10||Sr.||Grant, Okla.|
|30||Quinn Tedder||C||6-2||So.||Lindale, Texas|
|31||Halisi Johnson||F||5-11||Fr.||Richardson, Texas|
|32||Diamond Jackson||G||5-10||Sr.||Cedar Hill, Texas|
|35||Tricia Payne||G||5-11||So.||Duncan, Okla.|
|44||Sally Burrows||C||6-3||So.||Aledo, Texas|
|45||Kim Walters||C||6-2||Fr.||Richardson, Texas|
|55||Karen Clayton||C||6-2||Jr.||Southlake, Texas|
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, 1989)
Associate Head Coach: Larry Tidwell
Assistants: Lonnette Hall and Lara Webb
Tonight's game is the eighth meeting between the two teams. Oklahoma holds the all-time series advantage, 6-1, winning the last five contests. The only meeting TCU won was in 1993 when the Horned Frogs won 79-73 in Forth Worth. The Sooners have score 100 or more points in two games against TCU. Oklahoma is 31-5 vs. teams from the Western Athletic Conference include wins over Hawaii, 67-53, and Tulsa, 93-70, this year.
|F||34||Phylesha Whaley||5-10||Sr.||7-7||20.1||8.7||49% FG|
|F||10||Caton Hill||6-1||Fr.||7-7||11.6||7.4||1st D-Reb. (33)|
|G||20||LaNeishea Caufield||5-9||So.||7-7||13.6||4.6||3.3 spg|
|G||21||Stacey Dales||6-0||So.||7-7||10.7||6.3||7.2 apg|
|G||13||Sunny Hardeman||5-7||Jr.||7-4||6.1||1.9||3.9 apg|
Off the bench (listed numerically)
Off the bench (listed numerically)
Year-by-Year vs. TCU
|1993||L, 79-73||-6||Forth Worth|
|1995||W, 89-70||+19||Forth Worth|
|1996||W, 103-81||+22||Forth Worth|
Oklahoma is coming off of a 61-47 win at Stephen F. Austin Sunday afternoon. With the victory, OU pushed its winning streak to four-games and has claimed five of its last six.
Senior forward Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) leads a balanced Sooner attack that features four players averaging in double figures through the first seven games. Whaley, who scored a season-high 26 points against Tennessee Tech, is averaging 20.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guards LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) and Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) have been consistent for OU averaging 13.6 and 11.6 points, respectively. In addition, Dales leads the team in assists with 7.1 and steals with 3.0 per game. Caufield leads the team in steals, pocketing 3.3 per outing, while junior Sunny Hardeman follows Dales with 3.9 assists per game. Freshman forward Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) has contributed 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds through the first seven games.
The Sooners opened their 1999-2000 home schedule by hosting the Bertha Teague Classic last week. Oklahoma picked up back-to-back wins over Oral Roberts and Tulsa to become the only team in the tournament to go undefeated in the four-team two-day classic in Norman.
OU got off to a 1-2 start after finishing the Hawaiian Regent Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a three-way tie for second place. OU lost its opening game of the season to No. 24 Arizona, before snapping Hawaii's perfect 7-0 mark in its own tournament over the past three years. OU lost to Tennessee Tech in the final game.
As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 74.9 points and 40.3 rebounds per game. The Sooners are shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 27.6 from three-point land and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe. OU has dominated the offensive glass pulling down 112 offensive rebounds to its opponents 65. The team also holds the overall advantage in rebounds, 282-221, and steals, 86-64.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Freshman Caton Hill paced three Sooners in double figure scoring with a game high 17 points, as Oklahoma handed Stephen F. Austin a 61-47 loss Sunday, for its fourth-consecutive win of the season, at the William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas. Senior Phylesha Whaley and sophomore LaNeishea Caufield contributed 15 points each.
Whaley's 15 points and game-high 12 rebounds was her third double double of the season and her 71st of her career. Sophomore Stacey Dales pulled down 10 boards, while Hill had eight.
Oklahoma won the game in the first 20 minutes as the Sooners held a 22-10 advantage on the boards and shot 58.6 percent from the field, hitting 17 of 29 shots.
Stephen F. Austin's only lead of the game occur when the Ladyjacks connected on its first attempt at the 19:32 mark, following that made field goal the Sooners went on a 16-4 run and went into intermission with a 37-23 advantage.
After Whaley connected on a three-pointer at the 11:22 mark in the first half, OU held a double digit lead for the remained of the game. The Sooners earned its largest advantage of 18 points, 37-19, with 2:32 remaining in the opening 20 minutes. The Ladyjacks fought back in the second half as they cut the lead to 10 points twice but they could not cut it to single digits. Caufield paced OU in the second half scoring nine of her 15 points.
As a team, OU shot 50 percent from the field (27-54) and free throw line (4-8) and 30 percent from the three-point line (3-10). The Sooners outrebounded the Ladyjacks, 34-27, and pocketed seven steals to SFA's five.
- Phylesha Whaley tied Caton Hill for most rebounds in a single game this season with 12.
- As a team, the Sooners established season lows for fewest attempted free throws (8), fewest made free throws (4) and lowest free throw percentage (.500).
- Oklahoma also committed its fewest fouls of the season with 10.
- The Sooners held the Ladyjacks to its fewest points allowed by an opponent with 47.
- OU also held Stephen F. Austin to season lows in assists (7), steals (5) and fouls (12).
OFF AN RUNNING
Not since the 1991-92 season has an Oklahoma women's basketball team got off to a 5-2 start. That year OU got off to a 7-3 start, prior to that the 1987-88 team earned a 6-2 record before picking up its third loss.
For the first time ever, senior Phylesha Whaley did not attempt a free throw in back-to-back games. Against Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, Phylesha Whaley did not appear at the charity stripe.
This has only occurred five times in Whaley's collegiate career, three no shows happened last season. She did not attempt a free throw against SFT on Dec. 5 - OU won 61-47, vs. Sam Houston State on Dec. 2 - OU won 97-69, at Miami on Dec. 13, 1998 - OU lost 62-60, vs. Texas Tech (J27) - OU lost 89-87 and vs. Missouri (F27) - OU lost 73-64. As a freshman in 1996, Whaley did not appear at the free throw line at Southwest Missouri State, OU lost 91-82.
LEADING THE PACK
For the first time in her young collegiate career, freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) paced the Sooners with 17 points against Stephen F. Austin. Hill also grabbed nine boards and added three assists vs. the Ladyjacks.
In addition, the 6-1 forward recorded her second double double of the season as she had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph over Tulsa, 93-70, on Nov. 29. Her first collegiate double double came the night before against Oral Roberts when she scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards. Both performances were in the Bertha Teague Classic at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Stacey Dales was the last Sooner to produce back-to-back double doubles. Dales accomplished this a year ago against Texas (J23) and Texas Tech (J27). Against the Longhorns, Dales had 21 points and 12 rebounds and vs. Texas Tech (J27) she scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds.
OU SET TO APPEAR IN 10 REGULAR SEASON TV GAMES
Oklahoma women's basketball program will set a school record during the 1999-2000 season by appearing on local, state, regional and national television on 10 occasions during the regular season. OU will make its first ever appearance on ESPN2 on Feb. 19 at Texas Tech. The Sooners will also be seen on the Fox Sports Network five times and News Now 53, a local Norman/Oklahoma City station, four times.
WHALEY CONTINUES TO COLLECT HARDWARE
Senior Phylesha Whaley has been named to the Hawaiian Regent and Bertha Teague Classic All-Tournament teams this year.
Oklahoma has received votes in each of the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll. This marks the longest span that OU has received top-25 votes under Head Coach Sherri Coale.
HARDEMAN PROVES SHE WORTH OF STARTING SLOT
For the last four games, junior Sunny Hardeman (Norman, Okla.) has been a member of the Oklahoma starting five. Hardeman is hitting 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from the three point land and is perfect from the charity stripe (4-4). The Norman native is averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game over the last three games.
Against Sam Houston State, she earned her ninth career start and matched a career best three steals. Monday night's game against Tulsa, Hardeman set nine season and equalled three career bests. She played a career high 33 minutes, matched her career high five rebounds and grabbed a personal best three defensive boards.
Hardeman's performance has her ranked third in the Big 12 Conference in assists/turnover ratio with a 2.25. She also appears among the league's elite in 3-point field goals percentage (.400/12th) and 3-point field goals per game (2.00/6th). (as of Dec. 2)
CLIMBING THE HILL
Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) has hit over 50 percent from the field in four of seven games this season. Her most impressive performance came against Tulsa when she hit 8-of-11 shot for a field goal percentage of 72.7. Hill also went 2-of-5 from the three-point line for 40 percent. The power forward improved her personal best to four assists and nine steals. The rookie barely missed having a triple double against the Golden Hurricane. Hill had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine steals against Tulsa.
DALES STEPS UP
Sophomore Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) had two solid all-around performances this past week. Against Tulsa, she had 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Dales also hit 5-of-6 free throws and pocketed two steals. Thursday Dales scored 18 points, had 10 assists, was 4-of-4 from the free throw line and hit 7-of-8 shots from the field against Sam Houston State.
In addition, Dales has had at least five assists in every game this season.
Averaging the second most points in the Big 12 Conference, senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) continues to lead the Oklahoma women's basketball team with 20.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. As of Dec. 2, Whaley ranked among the league's best in four categories: second in points (21.2) and offensive rebounds (4.60), seventh in free throw percentage (.793) and 12th in rebounds (8.2).
The Oklahoma women's basketball team is injury free heading into Tuesday's game.
CAUFIELD CONTINUES SUCCESS
After being named the 1999 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and earning freshman All-American honors by two women's basketball publications you might wonder if OU sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) would be content with her early success. In a one word answer, no.
Caufield continues to rank second on the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. She also is the team leader in steals, swipping 3.3 per game and ranks fourth in assists with 2.1 per game.
Sophomore Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and two other OU athletes, Tim Haskett and Jessica Volcansek, have been selected as Bank of America Community Champions, and are finialists for the Community Champion of the Year Award. These student-athletes' selection was based on their accomplishments in Big 12 Conference athletics and in the community. In recognition of excellence, Bank of America contributed $3,000 to Oklahoma's general scholarship fund.
REUNITED ONCE AGAIN
Appearing on Oklahoma's roster and among the Sooners' starting five are two natives of Ada, Okla., in sophomore LaNeishea Caufield and Caton Hill. The duo renew their days as teammates as the pair played high school basketball together for one season at Ada High School. Hill joined the Ada program following her sophomore year at Lansing High in Kansas. The two teamed up to produced a 27-1 record in 1997-98.
This season Caufield and Hill makes up 32.4 percent of Oklahoma's scoring and 27.0 percent of the team's rebounds. Hill leads the team in defensive boards with 33, while Caufeild is the team leader in steals with 23.