NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma center Courtney Paris was a named a Wooden Midseason All-American on Thursday afternoon, which officially qualifies her for the Women's Wooden Player of the Year award. It marks the second consecutive season that Paris has earned Midseason All-America acclaim honors.
Paris was one of five finalists for the Wooden Award last season. She was also a finalist for the other two player of the year awards, the Naismith and Wade Trophy. Paris and Ivory Latta (North Carolina) are the only 2006 Finalists on this season's list.
"It's always an honor to be recognized for my basketball ability. There are a lot of players I look up to on that list and to be among them for a second straight year is humbling," said Paris.
The All-American sophomore has built on her unprecedented freshman campaign. She is among the NCAA leaders in five different categories. She ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring (23.0), No. 2 in rebounding (16.0), No. 1 in double-doubles (21) and No. 5 in blocks (3.4). She is also No. 14 in field goal percentage (58.7).
No other player in NCAA Division I women's basketball ranks in the top 10 statistically in more than two categories.
Paris is on the verge of two signature accomplishments. She is one shy of 50 consecutive double-doubles and one shy of sole possession of the OU career double-double record (55). The dominant center will chase the milestones against No. 16/19 Texas A&M Saturday in College Station at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast to a near-national audience by Fox Sports Net.
Below is the complete list of 20 Midseason All-Americans:
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
Jessica Dickson, South Florida
Sylvia Fowles, LSU
Katie Gearlds, Purdue
Chrissy Given, Middle Tennessee
Lindsey Harding, Duke
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Tiffany Jackson, Texas
Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Erlana Larkins, North Carolina
Ivory Latta*, North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
Bernice Mosby, Baylor
Courtney Paris*, Oklahoma
Candace Parker, Tennessee
Armintie Price, Mississippi
Abby Waner, Duke
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
* Indicates 2006 Women's Wooden Award Finalists