NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s basketball team held an intra-squad scrimmage for Fast Break Club members and season ticket holders on Thursday night.
The team played five, 10 minute periods. The red and white rosters were flipped for each game with Courtney Paris being the only player that did not switch uniforms. Combined, OU tallied 170 points and shot 43 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.
The scrimmage was dominated by the returning letterwinners.
Sophomore Courtney Paris had 38 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in 40 minutes of action. She led all players in scoring. The All-American was 16-24 from the field and 6-9 at the free throw line. She also debuted a nifty 8-10 foot jumper that she banked in with regularity.
“I am trying to make improvements in specific areas of my game right now,” said Paris.
Senior Chelsi Welch had 25 points, including three 3-pointers, on 9-16 shooting. Welch also had five rebounds, five assists and three steals in 44 minutes of action.
“I can tell it's early in the season because my shot felt good early on,” said Welch. “Then as my legs began to get tired, I could feel my shot drifting a bit.”
Sophomore forward Ashley Paris was third in scoring with 20 points. She was efficient from the field (10-17) and grabbed nine rebounds in a scrimmage-high 46 minutes of action.
Senior All-Big 12 performer Leah Rush led all players with 11 rebounds, while also tallying 16 points and five assists.
Senior Britney Brown and freshman Rose Hammond led all players with six assists apiece. Brown also had 14 points and three steals, while Hammond also collected four boards, two blocks and a steal.
“We came out and played physical, “said Brown. “The officials were letting us play and we really got after each other tonight.”
Freshman Amanda Thompson led the freshmen with 10 points.
Kendra Moore (10 points), Krista Sanchez (10), Erin Higgins (11) and Carolyn Winchester (10) also scored in double figures. The crafty Moore also recorded a scrimmage high six steals.
The red squads outscored the white in each of the quarters and held a combined lead of 104-66.
The Sooners are just six days from the beginning of the exhibition season. OU will host Lake Truck at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1. The OU Ticket Office will begin selling single game tickets at 2 p.m. on Nov. 1. General admission season tickets still remain for the entire 2006-07 season.
OU will also host Missouri Western on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in its second exhibition of the season.
The regular season will kick off on Nov. 12 with the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. OU will square off with DePaul at 2:30 p.m. Central, while Georgia and Rutgers will meet in the opening game at Noon. All four teams in the Tip-Off Classic reached the Sweet 16 last season.