March 13, 2009
Oklahoma advanced to play the winner of Kansas State/Texas A&M Saturday at 12 p.m.
Prior to the game, Big 12 Conference senior associate commissioner Dru Hancock presented Courtney Paris with the Big 12 Player of the Year trophy. Paris won the conference’s player of the year vote by the coaches for a record third consecutive time in 2009.
Oklahoma is 9-0 in games when Jenny Vining makes multiple 3-pointers (7-0 in 2008-09).
Oklahoma is the No. 1 seed for the Big 12 Championship. The No. 1 seed is 28-5 (.848) overall and 12-1 (.923) in the quarterfinal round.
Oklahoma is 18-8 (.692) all-time in the Big 12 Championship. OU has highest winning percentage all-time in the conference tournament. OU is 6-3 all-time in the quarterfinal round.
The game was the 54th meeting between Oklahoma and Kansas. Kansas leads the overall series 27-26. OU is 20 versus KU in the Big 12 Championship.
Oklahoma unloaded its bench with 1:31 remaining. The game was the first Big 12 Championship appearance for freshmen Whitney Hand and Jasmine Hartman as well as sophomores Carlee Roethlisberger and Lauren Willis.
Courtney Paris was announced as one of 18 finalists for the Wooden Award today. Paris has been a finalist, and Wooden All-American, each of the past three seasons.
Courtney Paris has reached double-digit scoring in 129 of her 131 career games, one shy of the NCAA Division I record. Only Sophia Young of Baylor (2003-06), who scored 10 or more points in 130 of her 139 career games, had more double-digit scoring games.
Courtney Paris recorded her 124th career double-double.
Courtney Paris has recorded at least one block in 43 consecutive games. Paris has had at least five blocks in five games this season and 33 in her career.
Paris’ 27 points were a season high.
Paris has 15 combined blocks in her past three games.
Whitney Hand returned to the starting lineup after missing the Sooners last four games of the regular season. Hand suffered a dislocation and fracture to her left index finger (non-shooting hand) in Oklahoma’s 66-58 win over Baylor on Feb. 21.
Hand is 0-for-15 from 3-point range in her last three games.