NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- All-America center Courtney Paris ran as fast as she could down the court, beating the defense on her way for the layup that clinched her 99th straight double-double and ensured her record-breaking streak wouldn't come to an end.
It was exactly the kind of hustle that No. 6 Oklahoma had been missing from the start.
Paris used a late surge to finish with 11 points and 16 rebounds, but that hardly overshadowed a lethargic effort for the Sooners in a 69-49 win against Creighton on Wednesday night.
Coach Sherri Coale benched her starters after a sluggish 93 seconds to start the game, and she had to go to third-stringers before the Sooners (5-2) got it going.
"There wasn't a single one of them playing with life, playing with energy, communicating -- all the things that we feel like we hang our hat on with this program," Coale said. "And so I was going to find somebody who would."
Coale refused to make excuses for her team, which lost 106-78 at top-ranked Connecticut three days earlier and had mammoth travel problems on the way home. The Sooners' flight home from Connecticut on Monday was canceled, and the travel party split into two sections to get back home.
Players and coaches ended up busing to New York, where their flight was delayed, and then taking another bus home from Dallas. They got home around 5 a.m. Tuesday, but Coale thought their practice later in the day was energetic.
"Those things are supposed to damage you and hurt you and change your behavior, and I thought we took the floor like a team that thought we could just show up and win because we have Oklahoma on our jersey," Coale said.
Chevelle Herring scored 16 points and Megan Neuvirth added 15 points to lead Creighton (2-4), which stuck around until the Sooners put the game away with a 12-0 surge in the final 7 minutes. Herring was 5-for-17 and Kelsey Woodard, the Bluejays' second-leading scorer, was 0-for-7 on 3-pointers and 1-for-11 overall.
"We knew we were going to have to make some 3s," said Creighton coach Jim Flanery, whose team had shot 41 percent from 3-point range to rank 10th in the nation. "We didn't make enough to stay in the game for 40 minutes."
Ashley Paris, Courtney's twin sister, added 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of her own. Carlee Roethlisberger scored 10 points off the bench and point guard Danielle Robinson had 10 assists.
Coale sat with her hands clenched as her five starters walked to the bench moments after Courtney Paris and Thompson stood idly and watched an errant pass bounce between them.
Thompson said she knew the starters deserved the bench treatment after they came out dragging.
"You've just got to find it from within and play like you mean it, like you just got killed by 30," said Thompson, a team captain.
Coale was pleased by the effort from her lineup of reserves, but thought the subs used all their energy in their first 5 minutes. That forced her to put three starters back in, along with third-stringers Rose Hammond and Lauren Willis. Everyone but Carolyn Winchester, who's recovering from a broken toe, got into the game in the first 7 minutes.
That third lineup reeled off 12 straight points for a 19-12 Sooners lead, and Oklahoma didn't trail the rest of the way. The Bluejays got back within one before Oklahoma finished the first half with an 11-0 run to go up 38-26.
The last drama came as Paris got one chance after another to extend a double-double streak that will be 3 years old when Oklahoma visits Arkansas State on Sunday, finishing off a 12-0 run that put the game away after Herring's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 53-44.
The crowd got into her pursuit as she missed four free throws that would have helped give her the 10 points she needed, and let out a loud cheer when she sped downcourt at top speed and scored inside with 1:51 left for her final points.
"I need 40 minutes of that," Coale said. "Which they can all give me."