ATLANTA, Ga. - Consecutive double-doubles, tough defense, and solid rebounds are not the only commonalities of the University of Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris. The sophomore has been named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Month for March. Paris has captured the spotlight for the second month in a row, deeming her the first ever to receive the award two months in a row. Paris has received the award five times during her collegiate career and three times this season.
No other player has garnered the award more than three times, or on multiple occasions within the same season.
The 6’4 center towered over her opponents averaging 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 31 minutes per game on the month. She led OU to a 5 1 record, a Big 12 Tournament Championship and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Division I National Tournament. The Sooners’ national championship run was negated receiving their only loss of the month against Ole Miss. Paris’ March Madness mayhem included a NCAA record of 61 double-doubles.
With a field goal average of 57 percent, Paris is ranked high in the nation in three statistical categories, averaging 23.5 points, 15.9 rebounds and three blocked shots per game. Paris sits up top of the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Paris is among the final 12 players selected for the 2007 State Farm Wade Watch.
Last season, she was named to the 2006 Kodak/WBCA All-America Team. She became the first player in NCAA history to record 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in one season. She now holds the Big 12 record for points in one season, passing Edwina Brown of Texas. Paris captured Big 12 honors being named to the All-Big 12 First Team, All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Defensive Team. In addition, Paris was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. On March 6, 2006 she was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the 12th week this season.
Also nominated: Sharri Rhode, UMBC (America East); Abby Waner, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference); Kimberly Beck, George Washington (Atlantic 10); Natalie Doma, Idaho State (Big Sky); Marcedes Walker, Pittsburgh (Big East); Amanda Elder, UNC Asheville (Big South); Jolene Anderson, University of Wisconsin (Big 10); Kemie Nkele, UC Riverside (Big West); Tyresa Smith, Delaware (Colonial Athletic); Carmen Guzman, UAB (Conference USA); Rachele Fitz, Marist College (Metro Atlantic); Ali Mann, Bowling Green (Mid-American); Elisha Turek, Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent); Rashida Suber, Coppin State (Mid-Eastern Athletic); Kristi Cirone, Illinois State (Missouri Valley); Dionne Marsh, New Mexico (Mountain West); Chinata Nesbit, Robert Morris (Northeast); Sonya Daugherty, Southeast Missouri (Ohio Valley); Briann January, Arizona State (Pacific-10); Bethany O’Dell, Holy Cross (Patriot League); Candace Parker, Tennessee (SEC); Alex Anderson, Chattanooga (Southern); Gaati Werema, Prairie View A&M (Southwestern Athletic); Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennesse (Sun Belt); Heather Bowman, Gonzaga (West Coast); Shan Moore, Louisiana Tech (Western Athletic).
*WBCA National Player of the Month is based on achievements during the respective month for nomination. All nominations must come from the conference office and the player’s head coach must be a member of the WBCA.
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.