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Top 25 Women: Caufield sparks Sooners

December 9, 2001

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— Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale was a little embarrassed about her team's 26 turnovers against Montana State. On the other hand, she had nothing but praise for LaNeishea Caufield.

Caufield turned in a near flawless performance, going 13-of-15 from the field and hitting all six of her free throws to score a career-high 33 points in an 86-62 victory Saturday.

"It wasn't very pretty. I almost feel like apologizing to our fans," Coale said. "As for LaNeishea, she's got a great first step and an uncanny ability to get to the rim. And she had a chance to do that again and again today."

Caufield was perfect during the first half, making all eight of her field goal attempts and going 5-for-5 from the foul line. Her 20 first-half points nearly equaled Montana State's total as the Sooners built a 52-22 lead.

"I'm very confident with the way I'm playing right now," Caufield said. "I just went out there and played, and tried to get into the flow. My teammates kept getting me the ball I couldn't have done it without them."

The Bobcats (4-4) were led by Jessica Blake and Cassie Johnson with 14 points each.

No. 5 Iowa St. 71, Northwestern 61

Evanston, Ill. Angie Welle and Lindsey Wilson each scored 23 points as Iowa State improved to 6-0. Freshman Sarah Kwasinski led the Wildcats (2-7) with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Suzanne Morrison, another first-year player, had 14 points and nine rebounds.

No. 7 Purdue 82,

North Texas 50

West Lafayette, Ind. Mary Jo Noon scored 23 points, and Shereka Wright had 21 points and 13 rebounds as Purdue won its seventh straight game. Purdue (7-1) built the lead to 51-25 early in the second after a three-pointer by Erika Valek.

No. 11 Duke 89, Georgetown 54

Washington Monique Currie scored 17 points, and Alana Beard added 16. Duke (7-2) used a 15-2 run early in the second half to break open the game, and finished with an 18-4 run to rout the Hoyas (5-2).

No. 15 Colorado 79, UCLA 48

Los Angeles Jenny Roulier scored 21 points to lead Colorado. Roulier was 5-of-7 on three-pointers, helping the Buffaloes (8-2) win their third in a row. Mandy Nightingale had 16 points and Britt Hartshorn added 11. Shalada Allen and Jalina Bradley each scored 11 points as UCLA (3-4) dropped its third straight.

No. 18 North Carolina 99, Richmond 69

Chapel Hill, N.C. Leah Metcalf made six three-pointers and had 22 points. Candace Sutton added 19 points and 12 rebounds seven offensive for North Carolina (9-1), which had a season-high 28 offensive rebounds. Amber Goppert led Richmond (3-6) with 15 points and six assists.

No. 19 Wisconsin 65, No. 10 N.C. State 48

Madison, Wis. Tamara Moore scored 24 points as Wisconsin overcame a slow start. Jessie Stomski added 23 points for Wisconsin (7-1). Carisse Moody scored 14 points to lead North Carolina State (6-2).

No. 20 Florida 90, South Florida 66

Tampa, Fla. Vanessa Hayden scored 30 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked eight shots for No. 20 Florida. Tara Taylor added 21 points, and Brandi McCain had 15 for the Gators (6-3). Four players scored in double figures for South Florida (7-1), which fell one victory shy of its best start in school history.

No. 22 Penn State 67, Maryland 65

College Park, Md. Kelly Mazzante scored 26 points, including the tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left, to carry Penn State (5-3). Maryland (5-3) had rallied to tie on a three-pointer by Marche Strickland with 18.1 seconds to go. Katrena Carr scored all 11 of her points in the second half for Penn State.

No. 23 South Carolina 77, Wofford 53

Columbia, S.C. Jocelyn Penn scored a career-high 32 points to lead South Carolina (8-1). Penn was 10-for-21 from the field and hit 12-of-13 free throws for the Gamecocks.

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