Paris racked up 41 points and 19 rebounds against in-state rival Oklahoma State, Feb 4. It was the third highest single-game total in Div.-I women’s basketball this season. Paris owns the top mark, 43 points against New Mexico on Dec. 30.
Courtney Paris is one double-double shy of 50 straight, the longest active streak in Division I women’s basketball. The streak will be 432 days old when OU plays at Texas A&M Saturday, Feb. 10.
Courtney Paris has 54 career double-doubles, which is tied for the OU record. She needed 57 games to tie Sooner legend Molly McGuire (1980-83), less than half of the 115 McGuire needed to reach her mark.
The NCAA does not keep records for double-doubles in women’s basketball, but they do for men’s basketball. Paris’ double-double work compares favorably with the men’s side. Her streak of 49 straight double-doubles tops the men’s record of 40 set by North Carolina's Billy Cunningham (12/5/62-2/22/64). Her career total of 54 is shy of Wake Forest and NBA star Tim Duncan’s record of 87 over four seasons, although Paris appears well on her way to surpassing that mark.
Courtney Paris has collected a double-double in 94.7 percent (54-57) of her games. Her rate of successfully recording a double-double is higher than basketball legends Oscar Robertson, Tim Duncan, Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton, who all rank in the NCAA top-10 in career double-doubles. Robertson scored double-doubles in 89.7 percent (79-88) of his games. Alcindor did it in 88.6 percent (78-88), Walton in 82.7 percent (72-87) and Duncan in 70 percent (87-128).
Kurt Budke, Oklahoma State Head Coach in postgame press conference on Feb. 4
“People have to respect her as the best player in the country.
“I don’t know if any one of you in this room were wondering what was wrong with Courtney when she was getting 20 points and 15 rebounds. That is ridiculous. That is ridiculous when you are wondering why she is having a bad night when she is getting 20 and 15.
“She is the best player in this country. I have been saying it since the first day I saw her and nothing changed my mind tonight. I love her and she is a great luxury to have for a coach.”
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