Jan. 5, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's basketball team used a balanced attack to close its non-conference schedule and hand the University of North Texas a 86-63 loss Wednesday night inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Senior Phylesha Whaley scored a game-high 21 points, hitting nine of 13 shots from the field, in 28 minutes of action. Junior forward Desiree Taylor came off the bench to score 15 points and earn eight rebounds, four offensive and four defensive. Taylor was also perfect from the foul line, hitting all nine attempts. Freshman Caton Hill led the team defensively with a game-high 10 boards. She also had nine points.
Sophomore guards LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales added 13 points each for the Sooners. In addition, Dales dished out five assists, had five rebounds and connected on three of four three pointers, while Caufield hit nine-of-12 shots from the foul line.
Defense was the key for OU as the Sooners forced the Lady Eagles to turn the ball over 26 times. Oklahoma also held UNT to just 63 points, its third fewest of the year, and limited UNT's starters to just 21 combined points. Subs Nicole Thomas and Shannan Stephenson came off the bench to score team highs 14 and 10 points, respectively.
OU outrebounded North Texas 40-28, and shot 53.8 percent (28-52) from the field compared to UNT's 43.1 (22-51).
Oklahoma returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 8, when the Sooners open the 1999-2000 Big 12 Conference schedule against defending league champions and 13th-ranked Texas Tech (11-1, 0-1 Big 12) at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m.