Big 12 Champs

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s basketball team finished the 2006-07 season with a 28-5 record, No. 9 ranking, Big 12 regular season championship, Big 12 postseason championship and Sweet 16 appearance.

The Sooners became the first program in Big 12 history to collect back-to-back regular season and postseason championships. The lone blemish on the repeat effort was that the Sooners had to share the regular season title with Texas A&M.  OU has won more Big 12 regular season - five - and postseason - four - championships than any team in the Big 12.

OU posted a 13-3 regular season conference record.  It marked the fifth time OU has won the regular season title (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 & 2007) and the fifth time OU has won 13 or more league games.  The Sooners are 29-3 in league play over the last two seasons.

The Sooners repeat of the postseason championship came after wins over Texas (quarterfinals), Baylor (semifinals) and Iowa State (title game) during action at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City.  It was the fourth postseason championship (2002, 2002, 2006 & 2007) in school history. The Sooners played in front of unprecedented Big 12 Championship crowds, including a state record of 12,413 in the title game.

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OU reached the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season and postseason play for the ninth consecutive year.  The No. 3 seed Sooners made a return trip to the Sweet 16 after wins over Southeast Missouri State (first round) and Marquette (second round) in the Austin Sub-Regional.  The Sooners fell prey to a defensive-minded Ole Miss squad in the round of 16 in Dayton, Ohio.

OU was led by AP National Player of the Year and consensus All-American Courtney Paris.  The sophomore was also consensus Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.  Paris averaged 23.5 points, 15.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks while shooting 57 percent from the floor and collecting a double-double in all 33 games. She added seven NCAA records during her sophomore season to boost her career total to 11.

Six seniors completed their Sooner careers, highlighted by Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch, who both earned All-Big 12 honorable mention.  Rush finished 11th on the OU career scoring list with 1,427 points.  Welch is 18th on the OU career scoring list (1,186) and goes down as the best free throw shooter in school history with percentage of 85.5.  Britney Brown, Erin Higgins, Kendra Moore and Krista Sanchez also exhausted their collegiate eligibility.

OU will return eight letter winners next season, including sophomore Ashley Paris (6.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG), freshman Amanda Thompson (5.7 PPG) and freshman Jenna Plumley (5.2 PPG).

Big 12

GRADUATING STARTERS
Erin Higgins - SR | G | 5-9
2006-07: 4.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG
Leah Rush - SR | F | 6-1
2006-07: 9.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG

RETURNING STARTERS
Jenna Plumley - FR | G | 5-4
2006-07: 5.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG
Amanda Thompson - FR | F | 6-0
2006-07: 5.7 pPG, 5.2 rPG
Courtney Paris - SO | C | 6-4
2006-07: 23.5 PPG, 15.9 RPG

GRADUATING RESERVES
Britney Brown
- SR | G | 5-8
Kendra Moore - SR | G | 6-1
Krista Sanchez - SR | F | 6-1
Chelsi Welch - SR | G | 5-10

RETURNING RESERVES
Ashley Paris
- SO | F | 6-3
Carolyn Winchester - SO | F | 5-11
Nyeshia Stevenson - FR | F | 5-9
Abi Olajuwon - FR | C | 6-4
Rose Hammond - FR | G | 5-9

WHAT RETURNS
Points - 1,512 | 59.7 %
Rebounds - 1,042 | 67.7 %
Assists -  250 | 47.5 %
Blocks - 166 | 86.4 %
Steals -  114 | 47.1 %
3-Pointers -  40 | 22.1 %
Free Throws - 254 | 57.2 %

FINAL DETAILS
Overall Record: 28-5
Big 12 Record: 13-3
Home Record: 10-2
Road Record: 11-2
Neutral Record:  7-1
Versus Ranked Team: 7-3
Final AP Ranking: 9
Final Coaches Poll Ranking: 9
Attendance Average: 10,433
Total Attendance: 125,197

Lead Scorer: Courtney Paris, 23.5
Lead Rebounder: Courtney Paris, 15.9
Lead Assist: Britney Brown, 2.9
Lead Block: Courtney Paris, 3.36
Lead Steal: Kendra Moore, 1.09
Lead FG%: Courtney Paris, 57.0
Lead FT%: Jenna Plumley, 91.2
Lead 3-Pt %: Chelsi Welch, 45.2
Lead Starts: Courtney Paris, 32
Lead Minutes Per: Courtney Paris, 30.3

700/500/100
Last season Courtney Paris became the first player in NCAA history to score 700 points, clear 500 rebounds and block 100 shots in a single season. 

In 2006-07 she duplicated the feat when she reached 500 rebounds against Marquette.  Paris had 744 points, 506 rebounds and 109 blocks this season.  She needed 32 games to accomplish the feat in 2006-07.  It took her 33 games in 2005-06.

NCAA Record #7
Courtney Paris reached 1,000 career rebounds in the second half against Baylor on Thursday, March 8.  She needed 65 career games to reach 1,000.  Her pace to 1,000 career boards is the fastest in NCAA history. The previous best was 71 by Drake’s Wanda Ford.

NCAA Record #8
Courtney Paris became the fast player in NCAA history to 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, when she reached the milestone in her 67th game against SE Missouri on March 17, 2007. 

Molly McGuire (2,147 points, 1,071 rebounds) and Caton Hill (1,653 points, 1,052 rebounds) are the only players in OU history with at least 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.  Only five players - Sophia Young, Stacy Stephens, Angie Welle, Kendra Wecker and Hill - have eclipsed 1,000 career points and rebounds during the Big 12 era.

NCAA Record #9
Courtney Paris’ rebound total of 1,045 over the last two seasons is the most in any two year period in NCAA history. 

NCAA Records #10
She is also the only player in NCAA history to collect 500 boards in both her freshman and sophomore season.  She is the second player in NCAA history to post two 500 rebound seasons.  The other was Wanda Ford of Drake, who had 534 in 1984-85 and 506 in 1985-86.

CP3’s NCAA Records
Single Season Rebounds - 539 (2005-06)
Freshman Single Season - 539 (2005-06)
Freshman Single Season -  119 (2005-06)
Fastest to 1,000 Career Rebounds - 66 games
Fastest to 1,500 points & 1,000 rebounds - 67 games
Only player in NCAA history to have
700 Points, 500 Rebounds and 100 Blocks in a season
Only player to have 700, 500, 100 in consecutive season
Only player to reach 1,000 rebounds during sophomore season
Highest two season rebound total (1,043) in NCAA history
First Freshman to lead NCAA in Rebounding (2005-06)
**61 Consecutive Double-Doubles (12-5-05-Present)
**Note:  Paris consecutive double-double streak is the longest on  known and currently recorded mark, however the NCAA does not currently track of double-doubles.

Paris Named AP Player of the Year
Courtney Paris’ young career has been characterized by the astonishing total of school, conference and NCAA records she has accumulated.

So it came as no surprise that Paris snared another unprecedented feat when she was named Associated Press National Player of the Year on March 31.

Paris became the first sophomore to win the award since its inception in 1995.

Of course like all other basketball related ventures, Paris has a history of firsts’ with the Associated Press. She was the first true-freshman to earn first team All-America honors last season and this year she became the first player to earn the highest All-America honor as a freshman and sophomore.

Paris is the first Oklahoma basketball player,  men or women, to win the AP’s highest honor.  She  is also the first women’s player in Big 12 history to win the honor.

A Consensus All-American Again
Courtney Paris was a consensus first team All-American for the second consecutive season.  The dominant center joins Stacey Dales as the only two-time consensus All-Americans in OU history. 

Where Paris distinguishes herself from Dales, and any other player in the last 13 years, is that she is only player to earn AP first team honors in her first two collegiate seasons.  Thus she is the only player to earn consensus All-America honors since the AP began naming All-Americans in 1995.

The NCAA officially recognizes the All-America honors awarded by the AP, Kodak/WBCA, USBWA and Wooden Award.  Paris was also named an All-American by ESPN.com.

OU in the NCAA Tournament
The Oklahoma women’s basketball team made its eighth straight and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  OU has played in a postseason tournament in nine consecutive season, dating back to the WNIT in 1999.  OU has the longest active NCAA Tournament streak in the Big 12. 

2007 was the second time OU had been a No. 3 seed.  The other instance was in 2004, when OU reached the second round before losing to Stanford. 

OU is 17-10 in the NCAA Tournament.  OU has reached six Sweet 16s, five under the current 64-team format.  OU is 1-5 in the Sweet 16.  The Sooners have reached the Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship Game on one occasion, all during the 2002 season.  OU is 14-8 under Sherri Coale in NCAA Tourney.

Postseason Layups
OU won 37 of 44 games away from Norman over the last two seasons.

OU is 49-61 all-time against ranked opponents. In 2006-07 OU was 7-3 against ranked teams with wins over UCLA, Baylor (three times), DePaul, Marquette and New Mexico.  OU is 43-33 all-time when it is ranked and facing a ranked team.   OU was 4-1 against teams receiving votes in 2006-07.  Ole Miss received votes in the final AP Poll.

OU head coach Sherri Coale is 14-7 against ranked teams in postseason play, which includes Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament action.  Prior to Coale’s arrival at OU 11 years ago, the Sooners were just 1-11 all-time against ranked teams in postseason contests.

Closing Books on Big 12 Regular Season

Leah Rush

Oklahoma won its fifth Big 12 Regular Season Championship (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007).  Thanks to a 13-3 record, OU shared the title with Texas A&M.  It marked the second time the Sooners have shared a league title. The other time was in 2000, when it was shared with Iowa State and Texas Tech.  It marks the fifth time OU has won 13 or more Big 12 games.

During Big 12 play, OU led all teams in 10 of 19 statistical categories: scoring (74.2), scoring margin (+10.4), field goal percentage (.444), field goal percentage defense (.359), rebounding offense (46.9), rebounding defense (34.4), rebounding margin (+12.4), assists (14.3), offensive rebounds (16.5), and defensive rebounds (30.4).  The Sooners broke conference only Big 12 records for total rebounds (750), offensive rebounds (264), defensive rebounds (486) and rebounding margin (+12.4).

On an individual basis Courtney Paris led all players in eight categories:  scoring (24.3), points (389), rebounding (16.5), total rebounds (264), blocks per game (3.75), total blocks (60), offensive rebounds (98) and defensive rebounds (166).   Paris broke the conference only Big 12 records for rebounds (264), defensive rebounds (166), offensive rebounds (98), free throw attempts (146) and blocks (60).

Plumley’s Emergence
Jenna Plumley emerged for OU when Sherri Coale decided to shake up her lineup by starting the freshman point guard against Texas on Feb. 12.  Plumley led OU to a 10-1 record over the final 11 games.

Plumley averaged 9.8 points, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field over that span.  Those numbers more than double her season averages of 5.2 points and 2.1 assists.

Plumley made 25 three-pointers in the last 11 games and has increased her season total to 38, which was the third highest total on the team.  Plumley played just 524 minutes this season, which was seventh on the team.

Plumley dished out seven or more assists on three occasions - all in the last 11 games.  No other player on OU’s squad dished seven or more on multiple occasions.

Plumley and Chelsi Welch were also the only players not named Courtney Paris that have scored 20-plus points on multiple occasions this season.  Plumley did it three times during the current, Welch twice.  Courtney Paris led OU in scoring in 29 games, Plumley three and Leah Rush once.

Plumley’s Signature Games
Feb. 12 vs. Texas - 11 points, 8 assists, 5 steals
Feb. 17 vs. Texas Tech - 22 points, 6 three-pointers
Feb. 25 vs. Missouri - 6 assists, 4 steals
Feb. 28 vs. No. 16 Baylor - 7 assists, 3 steals
March 7 vs. Texas - 13 points,  5 assists, 4 three-pointers
March 8 vs.  No. 18 Baylor - 24 points, 9-10 FTs
March 10 vs. Iowa State - 6 steals, 5 in the first half
March 17 vs. SE Missouri - 20 points, 7 assists, 6 threes

66 Double-Doubles, 61 Straight  | Every Paris Double-Double
Courtney Paris has 66 career double-doubles in 69 career games.  She has recorded a double-double in 61 straight games.  The streak began against UCLA on Dec. 5, 2005.  The streak was 482 days old at the conclusion of OU’s season.

61 Straight Double-Doubles | The 411 on CP3
Courtney Paris has collected a double-double in 61 straight games.  It is the longest known double-double streak in  the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball and is 21 longer than the best stretch on the men’s basketball side. 

Breaking Her Own Records
During her sophomore season Courtney Paris broke her own OU single season records for points per game (23.5), field goals attempts (558) and rebounds per game (15.9). 

NCAA Rebounding Marks
Courtney Paris’ 2006-07 rebound average of 15.9 is the 11th best mark in NCAA history.  The record is 18.5 rpg by Rosina Pearson of Bethune Cookman in 1984-85. 

Paris’ 526 rebounds is the fourth best total in NCAA history.  It trails her own record of 539 set as freshman in 2005-06. 

Paris’ career rebound average of 15.4 is the second best mark in NCAA history.  Players need 800 boards to qualify in the NCAA record books.  The NCAA career record holder is Drake Wanda Ford at 16.1 boards per game.

Paris an NCAA Leader
For the second consecutive season, Courtney Paris appeared among the NCAA statistical leaders more than any player in the country.  Paris ranks in the top 5 in four categories: double-doubles, points, rebounds and blocks.  She is also 14th in field goal percentage.  No other player in the NCAA ranks in the top 10 in more than two categories.  Below are Paris’ rank and stats:

CP3 in NCAA Rankings Rank Stat
Double-Doubles 1 32
Points Per Game 3 23.5
Rebounds Per Game 2 15.9
Blocks 4 3.36
Field Goal Percentage 15 .570

Career Double-Double Records
In the second game of the Big 12 Tournament against Baylor, ironically, Courtney Paris broke the Big 12 career record with her 62nd career double.  Baylor alum Sophia Young had held it at 61 for just under a season.  Paris need 65 games to break the mark, Young needed 139 games to establish it.

C. Paris & Coale

Courtney Paris claimed the OU career double-double record on Feb. 10 when she reached 55 against Texas A&M.  Paris needed 58 career games to break the record.  OU legend Molly McGuire accumulated her total of 54 in 115 career games.  

The Half Double-Double | Paris' Big Games
Courtney Paris has recorded a double-double in a single half on 24 occasions (9 first half, 15 second half).  She had 14 single half double-doubles in 2006-07: UCLA (second half), Tulsa (first half), Texas Tech (first half, first meeting) Colorado (second half), Baylor (second half, first meeting), Texas (second half), Oklahoma State (second half), Texas Tech (first half, second meeting), Missouri (second half), Baylor (second half, second meeting), Baylor (second half, third meeting), Ole Miss (second half) and in both halves against New Mexico. 

She reached a single half double-double in eight of 16 Big 12 regular season games, and once against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship.

Paris’ career high for points in a half is 23 (Michigan State, 12-21-05, New Mexico, 12-30-06 and Oklahoma State, 2-4-07).  Her career high for rebounds in a half is 14 (Baylor, 3-11-06, Kansas State 1-3-07 & Missouri 2-25-07).

Paris’ 1,500 - 1,000 - 200 - 100
Courtney Paris is the only player in Big 12 and OU history to accumulate 1,500 career points, 1,000 career rebounds, 200 career blocks and 100 career assists. 

Double-Double Reference
Largely due to the numbers put up by Courtney Paris, the NCAA is currently researching the national records for career double-doubles and consecutive double-doubles in women’s basketball. 

Since those records do not currently exist, the only comparison on the collegiate level is to the men’s side.  Below are the top five consecutive double-double streaks in men’s basketball history and the top five career double-double marks.

Double-Double Streaks
Courtney Paris 61 12-5-05-Present
Men's Record
1. Billy Cunnigham, N. Carolina 40 12/5/62-2/22/64
2. Jerry Lucas, Ohio State  38 1/23/60-3/11/61
3. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 33 12/31/58-1/2/60
4. Mel Counts, Oregon State 30 3/23/63-3/10/64
5. Lew Alcindor, UCLA 28 12/27/67-12/6/68
    Benoit Benjamin, Creighton 28 3/15/84-2/16/85
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