Final Road Stop at KU Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 20, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 13/11 Oklahoma women’s basketball team (20-4, 10-3) will make its final road trip of the regular season to Kansas on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The journey north is crucial for OU, which is in a three-way tie with Baylor and Texas A&M with three games to play in the Big 12 regular season.

Sooner Sports Properties has picked up Metro Sports’ feed of the game and is airing the contest live throughout Oklahoma. It can be found on Cox channel 71 in the Oklahoma City-metro area and Cox channel 78 in Tulsa.  Nick Bukaty and Patti Phillips will call the action for the KU produced broadcast.  As usual the game can be found on Sooner Sports Radio Network flagship station KOKC-1520 AM with Brian Brinkley and Tara DeGiusti calling the action.

OU is in the midst of a two-game winning streak after holding on at Texas Tech last Saturday.  Freshman point guard Jenna Plumley impressed again with 22 points and six 3-pointers.  The reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week is averaging 16. 5 points, five assists, four rebounds and 2. 5 steals over the last two games.  Courtney Paris collected 18 points and 16 rebounds in the 70-67 victory at United Spirit Arena.  Along the way she became the first player in Big 12 history with 1,300 career points, 900 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

 Game Notes | News Wire | Gameday Central | Season Stats

Kansas has won three of its last four games after dropping its first nine in Big 12 play.  Kansas is in last place in the league standings but is arguably playing its best basketball of the season. The three wins have come over Texas, Colorado and most recently Kansas State in double overtime on Sunday.

OU will close out the regular season with a two-game home stand against Missouri and No. 14 Baylor (Feb. 28).  The Tigers will be in town for Senior Day at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be broadcast throughout Oklahoma by the Sooner Sports Network.

Setting The Scene
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse (17,228)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. Central
Radio: KOKC-1520 AM (flagship) & Yahoo! Radio (subscription)
Radio Talent: Brian Brinkley & Tara DeGiusti
Tickets:  (800) 34-HAWKS
Webcast: O-Zone
TV: Cox Channel 71 in OKC
TV Talent: Nick Bukaty & Patti Phillips

Kansas TV Affiliates Station & Channel
Enid KXOK Cable Ch. 32
Lawton KSWX Cable Ch. 5
Guymon Channel 22 PTCI
Oklahoma City-Metro
Cox Channel 71
Tulsa Cox Channel 78


KOMI Channel 24

**Fans in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area must have Cox Cable to view the game. Other cable providers are not broadcasting the game.**

Player To Watch
The potency of Chelsi Welch in her new role off the bench has the OU coaching staff excited.  Welch flashed that scoring ability at Texas Tech last weekend when she scored 10 points on 3-6 shooting and 2-3 shooting from 3-point range.  On the season, Welch is second on the squad with a scoring average of 9.7. She has reached double figures on 12 occasions and is the Big 12’s second best 3-point shooter with a season percentage of 45.2.

Recap -OU 70 , Texas Tech 67
(AP) - Jenna Plumley scored a career-high 22 points to lead Oklahoma (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) past Texas Tech 70-67 on Saturday.

The Sooners led by 11 midway through the second half before Tech used a 12-4 run to cut it to 61-58 with 4:46 remaining. A 3-pointer by Tech’s Raquel Christian tied it at 63 before the Plumley hit her sixth 3 to put Oklahoma (20-4, 10-3 Big 12) ahead for good.

It was only the second start for Plumley, a freshman who connected on six of eight 3-pointers.

Alesha Robertson and Patrice Edwards scored 16 points apiece for Tech (15-12, 6-7).

Courtney Paris had 18 points and 16 rebounds for her 52nd straight double-double for Oklahoma, which committed 15 of their 20 turnovers in the second half.

Edwards had a chance to tie it with 38 seconds left but missed the second of two free throws.

Tech led by eight but struggled late in the first half, failing to score a field goal in the final 6:36. The Sooners used runs of 11-0 and 8-0 to lead 36-29 at halftime. Paris had a double-double -- 12 points and 10 rebounds -- before the break, the 10th time this season she’s gotten one in a single half.

Postgame Notes
No. 14/11 Oklahoma improved to 12-2 away from Norman ... OU has won 31 of 36 away from Norman over the last two seasons... It is the sixth time OU has won 20 games under 11-year head coach Sherri Coale ... For the second consecutive game OU stayed with the same starting lineup of Jenna Plumley (point guard), Erin Higgins (guard), Amanda Thompson (forward), Ashley Paris (forward) and Courtney Paris (center) ... OU clinched its second four-game winning streak against Texas Tech ... The Sooners won five straight during the 2001 and 2002 seasons ... OU trails in the all-time series 14-21 and 5-12 in Lubbock ... Chelsi Welch scored in double figures for the first time in six games and the 12th time this season ... With her second block of the game, Courtney Paris became the first player in OU and Big 12 history with 1,300 career points, 900 career rebounds and 200 career blocks ... Paris is only the second player in OU history with 200 career blocks ... LaNae Jones owns the OU career record with 243 from 1993-96 ... Only three players during the Big 12 era, which Jones was not a part of, have recorded 200 career blocks ... They are record holder and former Lady Raider Cisti Greenwalt (300 blocks), Colorado’s Birtt Harshorn (208) and Kansas State’s Nicole Ohdle (204) ... C. Paris recorded a doubled-double in the first half with 12 points and 10 rebounds ... It marks the 20th time in her career that she has collected a double-double in a single half and the 10th time she has done so this season ... C. Paris (18 points and 16 rebounds) extended her consecutive double-double streak to 52 and now has 57 double-doubles in 60 career games ... Jenna Plumley’s six treys ties a Sherri Coale individual record that has been reached seven times, including on three occasions by Erin Higgins ... Plumley set new career highs with 22 points (previous high 12 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 12-10-06), 7 field goals made (previous high 4 vs. Texas, 2-12-07), 9 field goals attempted (previous high 8 vs. Texas, 2-12-07), 6 three-pointers (previous high vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 12-10-06), 7 three point attempts (previous high vs. Texas, 2-12-07), 37 minutes played (previous high 33 vs. Texas, 2-12-07).

Previewing Kansas
Kansas is 9-17 overall under third year head coach Bonnie Hendrickson.  The Jayhawks are in last place in the Big 12 with a 3-10 record.  KU is one game behind Kansas State and Missouri, who each have four Big 12 wins.

KU dropped its first nine Big 12 games but has won three of its last four contests, including an upset of Texas in Austin.  On Sunday, the Jayhawks won a double overtime thriller against rival Kansas State, 82-74.  Freshman forward Danielle McCray led KU with six 3-pointers and 25 points. Fellow freshman Kelly Kohn also dropped 21 points and 14 rebounds on the Wildcats.

Kansas’ roster is dominated by underclassmen.  Seven freshmen and three sophomores fill 10 of the 14 roster spots.  KU is starting freshmen McCray and Kohn, alongside seniors Shaquina Mosley and Sharita Smith and junior Taylor McIntosh.  Freshmen Sade Morris, LaChelda Jacobs and Porscha Weddington are also garnering significant minutes.

Kansas’ regular starting lineup does not feature a player taller than 5-11, which could pose a problem against OU.  The tallest players on the KU roster, Marija Zinic and Rebecca Feickert, stand 6-2 and have been used sparingly since the start of conference play.  The 6-1 Weddington is the only player taller than 5-11 that has received significant minutes since the start of Big 12 play.

Kohn is KU’s leading scorer at 10 points per game.  Mosley and McCray are close behind at 9.8.  McIntosh is the leading rebounder at 5.7.

Mosley has turned up her average during conference play to 13.8 points, while McCray’s is up to 11.3.

OU is 22-27 all-time against Kansas.  The Sooners are 8-13 in Lawrence.  OU has won eight straight in the series, including three straight at Allen Fieldhouse.  OU is 8-3 against KU during the Big 12 era.

Last season, OU led by 18 at halftime before posting a 86-57 win over KU in Norman.  Courtney Paris led OU with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Former Jayhawks Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp combined for 39 of KU’s 57 points.

Sooners vs.  Kansas PTS REB Career High
Brown   4.3 3.1 6 points (2-8-06)
Higgins  6.7 3.7 18 points (2-14-04)
Moore 4.7 2.3 9 points (2-2-05)
A. Paris    8 2 8 points (2-8-06)
C. Paris   18 12 18 points (2-8-06)
Rush    9 4.3 15 points (2-2-05)
Sanchez    3.3 1.7 10 points (2-8-06)
Welch    9 2.7 16 points (2-8-06)

Pregame Lay-Ups
Sherri Coale currently has 107 Big 12 wins, which is second among active coaches.  She trails league leader and Texas head coach Jody Conradt (110).

Kansas freshman and Norman native Sade Morris was an All-Stater at Norman high school last year.

OU has won 31 of 37 games away from Norman over the last two seasons.  The Sooners are 20-4 at home during the same time span.

OU has won a record 40 straight games against unranked teams at home. The streak dates back to a loss to SMU on Dec. 21, 2002.

Big 12 Update
Oklahoma is in a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 standings with Baylor and Texas A&M.  All three teams have 10-3 league records.  OU owns a potential tiebreaker with Baylor, although it still has to face the Lady Bears in the season finale on Feb. 28.

Texas A&M owns tiebreakers with all both teams, but still has to face Baylor another time.  A&M still has to play Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas.

Baylor does not own a tiebreaker with any of the teams, but can change its fate with remaining games against A&M and OU.

Baylor Remaining Schedule 2007 Record Vs.
Feb. 21 @ Colorado 0-0
Feb. 25 vs. Texas A&M 0-1
Feb. 28 at Oklahoma 0-1

Texas A&M Remaining Schedule 2007 Record Vs.
Feb. 21 vs. Texas Tech 1-0
Feb. 25 @ Baylor 1-0
Feb. 28 vs. Texas 0-1

On the Milestone Verge...
Courtney Paris one shy of 100 career assist and 68 shy of 1,400 career points.  When she reaches 100 assists, she will become the first player in OU and Big 12 history to accumulate 1,300 career points, 900 career rebounds, 200 career blocks and 100 career assists. The Sooner center is 133 rebounds shy of No. 2 on the OU career list, four shy of No. 2 on OU offensive rebound list and 10 shy of No. 2 on the OU defensive rebounds list.   She is also 12 points shy of passing No. 11 Tami Rogers (1,353) on the OU career scoring list. 

Leah Rush (1,336 points) is 18 points shy of passing No. 11 Tami Rogers (1,353 points) on the OU career scoring list.

Chelsi Welch (1,118) is 31 points shy of passing No. 18 Mandy Wade  (1,148 points) on the OU career scoring list.

Frosh to the Rescue
OU head coach Sherri Coale wanted to infuse energy and shake up her team after losing three of four Big 12 games recently.  The result was the addition of freshman point guard Jenna Plumley and freshman forward Amanda Thompson to the starting lineup against Texas on Feb. 12.  The duo ignited a 20-point win over their Red River Rivals and helped OU clinch a 70-67 win at Texas Tech.

Plumley is averaging just 3.9 points and 1.5 assists on the season but she has cranked up her output in the last three games, when she has received her most significant minutes of the conference season.  She is averaging 12.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals during that span.  She is also shooting 50 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range.

Thompson has been garnering meaningful minutes all season but has really contributed over the last four games.  She is averaging 7.8 points, 6 boards and 1.4 assists during that stretch.

Plumley Named Rookie of the Week
Oklahoma freshman point guard Jenna Plumley was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday. In the first two starts of her career, Plumley averaged 16.5 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 4.5 three-pointers in wins over Texas and Texas Tech last week. Plumley broke or reset 12 career single game highs in the two contests. 

The Red Rock, Okla., native capped the breakout week with 22 crucial points in OU’s 70-67 win at TTU.   Plumley tied a Sherri Coale era record with six 3s on eight attempts against the Lady Raiders.  In her first career start against Texas, Plumley tallied 11 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds.  Her final statistical line was the best by a Sooner point guard this season.  Her eight assists was also a Sooner high in conference play in 2007. 

Paris’ 1,300 - 900 - 200 & 100 ?
On Saturday Courtney Paris became the first player in Big 12 and OU history to accumulate 1,300 career points, 900 career rebounds and 200 career blocks with a pair of swats in the first half at Texas Tech.  On Wednesday, she may be able to add 100 career assists to the list. She needs just one assist to reach 100 career.

Historic Defensive Stretch
OU has held 20 of 24 opponents, including its first nine opponents, below 40 percent shooting this season.  The previous record for consecutive opponents held below 40 percent was seven and set in 1984-85. 

The Sooners have held six opponents under 30 percent shooting, all in the last 14 games.  Earlier in the season, OU also held South Carolina, Arkansas Pine Bluff and Northern Colorado below 30 percent in consecutive outings. That streak is an OU record.  OU has held two straight opponents below 30 percent on eight occasions in the program history.

OU is first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense at .337.  Only Ohio State (.450), Texas Tech (.443), Texas (.435) and Texas A&M (.475) have shot over 40 percent against OU this season.  The lowest mark was .224 by Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Northern Colorado. Last season 24 of 36 opponents failed to reach the 40 percent mark against OU.

3-Point Threats Everywhere
While Erin Higgins is the most recognizable 3-point shooter on the OU roster, she hasn’t been the most proficient this season.  In fact, OU has three of the top seven long range shooters in the league.  Chelsi Welch (45.2) is second in the Big 12.  Jenna Plumley (43.1) and Leah Rush (42.9) would rank third and fourth, respectively, if they had the necessary 24 makes. Britney Brown is also shooting a respectable 34.6 from long range.  As a team OU ranks second in the Big 12 and 29th nationally with a 3-point percentage of 36.4.

1,000 Point Club Membership | OU 1,000 Point Scorers
Three current Sooners - Leah Rush, Courtney Paris and Chelsi Welch - are in the OU 1,000 point club.  Rush reached the career milestone against Baylor on Feb. 12, 2006.  Courtney Paris and Chelsi Welch both reached it against Ohio State on Dec. 20, 2006.  It marks the third time that OU has had three 1,000 point scorers on the same team.  The other instances were 1994-95 (Angi Guffy, Mandy Wade and Etta Maytubby) and 2001-02 (Stacey Dales, LaNeishea Caufield, Caton Hill). Only 11 known NCAA Division I teams have had four players with 1,000 career points.

Erin Higgins is also closing in on the 1,000 career points and could reach the milestone by the end of the season.  Below is her projection, in terms of games needed to get to 1,000:

 Player  Points  Average   Projected Games
 Erin Higgins  934  7.6   9 Games
Higgins Heating Up
Erin Higgins began the season in a slump from 3-point land.  The OU all-time leader in 3-pointer made just 20 percent of her attempts in the first eight games and had just one multiple trey game during that span.

She has found her stroke in the last 16 games, shooting 37 percent and making 28 of 75 attempts.  She has tallied  92 points over that span after having 25 combined in the first eight games. On the season Higgins is shooting 31.8 percent from 3-point range.100,000 Fans
For the first time in program history, the OU women’s basketball team has reached a season attendance total in excess of 100,000 fans.  103,162 fans have turned out for 10 home contests this season, which averages out to 10,316, which is an OU record and the fourth best mark nationally. OU also sold a record 6,526 season tickets this year.

Last year, OU had an average attendance of 7,630 over 13 contests.  They played in front of 99,188 fans and fell just short of the 1000,000 mark.

57 Double-Doubles, 52 Straight | Every Paris Double-Double
Courtney Paris has 57 career double-doubles in 60 career games.  She has recorded a double-double in 52 straight games.  The streak began against UCLA on Dec. 5, 2005.  The streak will be 443 days old when OU takes the court next.

52 Straight Double-Doubles
Courtney Paris has collected a double-double in 52 straight games.  It is the longest known double-double streak in  the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball and is 12 longer than the longest stretch on the men’s basketball side. 

Double-Double Reference | The 411 on CP3
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.




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Double-Double Streaks
Courtney Paris 52 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