USBWA Begins CP3's Busy Weekend

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 30, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- The fourth All-America honor of the season was bestowed upon Oklahoma's Courtney Paris on Friday morning when she was named to the 10-member U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team.

It is the second consecutive year that Paris has been honored by the USBWA.  Last season, Paris was named a USBWA All-American and the National Freshman of the Year.

The honor begins a busy weekend for Paris, who will travel to Cleveland and the Final Four on Friday afternoon.
In Cleveland, Paris will attend several banquets and press conferences for the announcements of national awards. 

On Saturday morning, the Kodak/WBCA All-American Team will be announced.  Paris was a Kodak All-American last season. 

The Sooner sophomore is also a favorite for the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy, which goes to the Division I player of the year and will also be announced on Saturday morning.

OU's All-Americans | Tracking Paris' Award Hardware 

Paris' credentials for the Wade Trophy appear to be strengthened by the fact that she was won the WBCA's National Player of the Month award on three occasions. The monthly honor has been given out five times this season, Paris has won three times, including the last two months (February and March).  Her accumulation of three monthly honors is a first in the history of the award.

On Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press will announce its National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year awards.  Paris was named an AP First Team All-American on Wednesday. She was second in voting among the honorees.

On Monday afternoon, the Naismith Trophy winner will be announced at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center hotel. Paris is among four finalists for the Naismith Trophy.  She won the high school award after her final prep season. 

The Naismith Trophy will have an official banquet for the its collegiate and high school winners in Atlanta on April 5.

In the last two days, Paris has been named an All-American by the Associated Press, and Wooden Award.  Paris was also announced as one of five finalists for the Wooden Award.

Paris was a consensus All-American as a true freshman in 2006.

For Paris, you can throw out the sophomore slump.  In her case, it was a sophomore uprising. 
Few thought Paris could duplicate, let alone top, her dominant freshman season, but that was exactly what Paris did in 2006-07. 

The California native improved or held steady in every statistical category except field goal percentage. She finished the year with averages of 23.5 points, 15.9 rebounds, 3. 4 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals. The California native was first nationally in double-doubles (33), second in rebounding, third in scoring, fourth in blocks per game and 16th in field goal percentage (.570).  She also extended her NCAA record double-double streak to 61 games.

After becoming the only player to reach 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks as a freshman, she repeated that effort in her second season with 775 points, 526 rebounds and 111 blocks.  Paris set the NCAA record for fastest pace to 1,000 career rebounds, when she reached the mark in her 66th game.  She became the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,000 boards before the end of her sophomore season. The two-time All-American also set another NCAA record with her two season total of 1,065 boards.

By the end of her sophomore season, Paris owned 12 NCAA records.

Alison Bales, Duke (C, 6-7, Sr., Dayton, Ohio)
Jessica Davenport, Ohio State (C, 6-5, Sr., Columbus, Ohio)
Sylvia Fowles, LSU (C, 6-6, Jr., Miami, Fla.)
Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee (G, 5-11, Sr., Monroe, La.)
Lindsey Harding, Duke (G, 5-8, Sr., Houston, Texas)
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland (C/F, 6-2, Jr., Willingboro, N.J.)
Ivory Latta, North Carolina (G, 5-6, Sr., McConnells, S.C.)
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma (C, 6-4, So., Piedmont, Calif.)
Candace Parker, Tennessee (F, 6-4, So., Naperville, Ill.)
Candice Wiggins, Stanford (G, 5-11, Jr., San Diego, Calif.)




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