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DANIELLE ROBINSON (2010)
The lightning-quick guard from San Jose, Calif., led the Sooners to back-to-back Final Four appearances with the team's run through the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Robinson led the team in scoring, assists, steals and free-throw percentage, taking unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honors and a spot on the conference's All-Defensive Team for a third straight season. Robinson's résumé was littered with scores of accomplishments. The junior was named to both the Big 12's All-Championship Team and the NCAA Kansas City Region All-Tournament Team and was a finalist for the Wooden Award and Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard.
The Californian earned All-America honors from the State Farm/WBCA All-America Committee and from the Associated Press.
COURTNEY PARIS (2009)
Courtney Paris' career ended with a Final Four appearance and plethora of accolades. Paris led the Sooners to 32 wins, a Big 12 Conference title and national semifinal matchup in her senior season.
The Californian was the first four-time All-American for both the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Paris collegiate career ended with her name attached to 20 NCAA, 57 Big 12 and 69 OU records. Her incredible double-double streak was stopped at 112 consecutive games, 93 more than the previous record holder.
Paris was also the first played in college basketball history, regardless of division or gender, to record 2,500 points and 2,000 rebounds in her career.
COURTNEY PARIS (2008)
Courtney Paris' third season proved to be one of many firsts. The junior center became the first Sooner to earn three consensus All-America honors and was the first player ever to make the AP All-America First Team in each of her first three seasons. Paris dominated women's collegiate basketball by, once again, leading the NCAA in rebounds.
She was the only player during the 2007-08 to rank in the top 50 in at least four individual statistical categories recorded by the NCAA, cementing her status as the most dominant post player in the game.
Named Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the Californian ended the season with at least 32 conference records and improved her unbelievable double-double streak to 92 consecutive games.
COURTNEY PARIS (2007)
Forget the sophomore slump. In Courtney Paris' case, it was a sophomore uprising.
Few thought Paris could duplicate, let alone top, her dominant freshman season, but that was exactly what Paris did in 2006-07. The Sooner center improved or held steady in every statistical category except field goal percentage. She finished the year with averagees of 23.5 points, 15.9 rebounds, 3. 4 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals. The California native was first nationally in double-doubles (33), second in rebounding, third in scoring, fourth in blocks per game and 16th in field goal percentage (.570). She also extended her NCAA record double-double streak to 61 games.
After becoming the only player to reach 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks as a freshman, she repeated that effort in her second season with 775 points, 526 rebounds and 111 blocks. Paris set the NCAA record for fastest pace to 1,000 career rebounds, when she reached the mark in her 66th game. She became the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,000 boards before the end of her sophomore season. The two-time All-American also set another NCAA record with her two season total of 1,065 boards.
By the end of her sophmore season, Paris owned 11 NCAA records.
After the end of the OU season, Paris became the first player ever to be named an AP First Team All-American in her first two collegiate seasons.
OU went 28-5 in 2006-07and reached its sixth Sweet 16 while riding the broad shoulders of Paris. They also repeated as Big 12 regular season and postseason champions with Paris taking MVP honors of the regular and postseasons.
COURTNEY PARIS (2006)
As a freshman, Courtney Paris posted the most gaudy stats of any player in Division I women's basketball. The 6-4 center averaged 21.9 points (fourth in the NCAA), 15.0 rebounds (first), 3.31 blocks (seventh) while shooting 61.4 percent from the floor (fifth). No other player ranked in the top-10 of more than two NCAA statistical categories.
With the dominating numbers came three NCAA records and a boatload of honors.
The Piedmont, Calif. native became the first player in NCAA history to score 700 points, collect 500 rebounds and block 100 shots in a season. She would finish the year with 788 points, 539 rebounds and 119 blocks. Her 539 rebounds broke the NCAA single season and freshman rebounding records, a pair of NCAA records that stood for 20-plus years.
The dominant post became the first-true freshman to earn consensus first team All-America honors since the existence of the AP team (began in 1995). The voters were also in consensus on National Freshman of the Year, Big 12 Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big 12. To round out the trophy case, the rookie also claimed Big 12 Championship MVP honors and co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Perhaps her biggest impact was on the OU team, which won 17 games the season before her arrival. OU went 31-5 in 2005-06 and reached its fifth Sweet 16 while riding the broad shoulders of Paris. They also swept through the Big 12, going 19-0 in regular and postseason play.
STACEY DALES (2002)
In her final campaign as a Sooner, Stacey Dales led OU to the Final Four and the National Championship Game. The crafty point guard did so while averaging 17 points, five rebounds and 4.8 assists in route to consensus first team All-America honors.
She became the first two-time consensus All-American in OU history thanks to recognitions from Kodak/WBCA, the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association.
In her swan song, Dales became the first player in school history to score 1,900 points, grab 700 rebounds and dish 700 assists. She finished her career first in the OU record books in assists (764), fourth in scoring (1,920) and eighth in rebounds (721).
The native of Canada was also named the Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, in addition to claiming Big 12 Tourney MVP honors after leading the Sooners to the postseason title. The tournament title came on the heels of a second consecutive outright Big 12 Regular Season Championship.
The honors came off the court as well. Dales was named the Verizon Academic All-America Player of the Year, an elite honor that was bestowed on one Division I athlete.
STACEY DALES (2001)
As a junior, Stacey Dales burst onto the national scene when she led Oklahoma to the Big 12 Regular Season Championship and a 28-6 record.
For her work in leading OU to uncharted territory, she was named a consensus All-American by the national media (Associated Press and USBWA) and coaches (Kodak/WBCA). The consensus honor was a first for an OU player.
The 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year set an OU record with 248 assists, which she dished out at an average of 7.3 per game. Her assists mark was the best in the Big 12 and the eighth best in the NCAA.
Dales also poured in 16 points per game and snared 5.1 rebounds per game. She joined the OU 1,000 point club during the 2000-01 campaign and posted a career high 47.6 field goal percentage.
The two-time Big 12 Player of the Week also earned academic honors at the national, regional and conference levels.
PHYLESHA WHALEY (2000)
Phylesha Whaley capped her prolific Sooner career with a first team All-America honor from the United States Basketball Writer's Association.
In her final go-around, the Texas native broke a pair of 18-year old Sooner records by averaging 20.8 points per game and claiming the OU career scoring mark with 2,187 points. She also established the single season scoring standard with 686 points.
The efficient forward shot 53.9 percent from the field and 81 percent from the charity stripe. She also collected an average of 7.9 rebounds per game.
For her combined efforts on the court, Whaley became the first OU hoopster named Big 12 Player of the Year.
Yet the awards did not stop there. Whaley was named the 2000 NCAA Oklahoma Woman of the Year and was among 10 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
After all was said and done, Whaley owned three OU single season records and four career marks.
Only First Team All-America selections from accredited outlets are listed above. Following is a complete list of Oklahoma's All-America honorees:
|2013||Aaryn Ellenberg||Associated Press||HM|
|2011||Danielle Robinson||Associated Press||Second|
|2010||Danielle Robinson||State Farm/WBCA||First|
|2009||Courtney Paris||Associated Press||First|
|2008||Courtney Paris||Associated Press||First|
|2007||Courtney Paris||Associated Press||First|
|2006||Courtney Paris||Associated Press||First|
|WBB News Service||First|
|2002||Stacey Dales||Asscociated Press||First|
|WBB News Service||First|
|2002||LaNeisha Caufield||WBB News Service||Second|
|2001||Stacey Dales||Asscociated Press||First|
|WBB News Service||First|
|2001||LaNeisha Caufield||WBB News Service||Third|
|WBB News Service||First|
|Women's Basketball Journal||First|
|1983||Molly McGuire||WBB News Service||Second|
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