Paris, Robinson Face Off in WNBA Season Opener

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Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Associate Director of Communications
MAY 13, 2017

NORMAN – Former Sooners Courtney Paris and Danielle Robinson will face off against one another on Sunday as the 2017 WNBA Regular Season begins this weekend.

The pair will meet in Phoenix as Paris' Dallas Wings travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on Robinson and the Mercury at 5 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed live on Twitter

Robinson, who was traded to Phoenix in the offseason from San Antonio, missed the entire 2016 season due to Achilles' tendon surgery. After recovering from surgery, Robinson returned to action this winter by averaging 14.2 points and 5.1 assists per game with Mersin BSB of the Turkish League.

A three-time WNBA All-Star, Robinson ranked in the top four in the league in assists from 2013-15. She also ranks fourth among active players with a career assist average of 4.9 per game.

Paris returns to Dallas for her second season with the Wings after leading the squad with 8.0 rebounds per game in 2016. The first four-time All-American in college basketball history, Paris has led the WNBA in rebounding twice in the last three seasons. She averaged 7.7 points per contest and shot .556 from the floor last season with Dallas.

Before returning to the WNBA, Paris enjoyed a successful season overseas with Hatay of the Turkish League. In her second year with the club, Paris averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 13.2 rebounds a game.

The pair played two seasons together at OU, helping the Sooners to the 2009 Final Four and the 2009 Big 12 regular season title. Paris is OU's all-time leading scorer and holds the NCAA record for career double-doubles, while Robinson finished her career as one of three women's college basketball players to cross the 2,000-point, 700-assist and 300-steal benchmarks for her career.

For more information on Oklahoma women's basketball, follow the Sooners on Twitter (@OU_WBBall) or like Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball on Facebook.

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