Paris a Wooden All-American Too

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 29, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- The second All-America honor of the day and the third of the season came in for Oklahoma center Courtney Paris, who was named a Wooden All-American on Wednesday afternoon.

It marks the second consecutive season that the honor has been bestowed upon Paris.

The 6-4 center was also named as a finalist for the Women's Wooden Award , which goes to the top player in Division I basketball.

"I pride myself on being consistent and this is another piece of that," said Paris.  "I wanted to build upon the things I accomplished as a freshman. I couldn't have done this without the guidance of our coaching staff and the support and spectacular play of my teammates.  I would love to pass a piece of this along to each of the six seniors that are leaving our program."

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Paris was a consensus first team All-American as a freshman and appears on her way again this season.

Earlier today, she was named an First Team All-American.

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.

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By the end of her sophomore season, Paris owned 11 NCAA records.

Paris was joined on the Wooden Team by North Carolina's Ivory Latta, LSU's Sylvia Fowles, Duke's Lindsey Harding and Tennessee's Candace Parker.  Latta was the only other repeat honoree.



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