Sooners stay perfect with win over Wichita State

Oklahoma forward Jamie Talbert (45) slides between Wichita State's Michelle Pettigrew (23) and Carlesa Dixon (32) for two of her ten points scored during OU's 89-68 victory Thursday in Norman

The third-ranked Oklahoma (7-0) women's basketball won their seventh straight game of the young 2001 season and remained unbeaten with their 89-68 win over Wichita State (1-2) Thursday night in Norman.

For the second straight game, preseason Naismith Player of the Year candidate LaNeishea Caufield led the Sooners (7-0) in scoring and Stacey Dales recorded a double-double.

Caufield poured in a game-high 22 points while Dales added 18 points and 10 assists, despite missing missing time in the second half with a jammed finger.

Caufield led Oklahoma's first-half charge, scoring 11 of her 22 points in the opening session as the Sooners jumped on the Shockers early, connecting on their first 10 shot attempts and building a 15-point lead midway through first half.

Carlesa Dixon led the Shockers with 21 points while Angela Buckner added 13 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds.

Caton Hill also added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma.

Up next for Oklahoma is a non-conference battle with SMU next Wednesday in Dallas. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Sooners return to the Lloyd Noble Center one week from this Saturday when they host Montana State at 1 p.m. at the LNC.

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