NORMAN – The 22nd season of the WNBA begins this weekend with a pair of former Sooners making their debuts with new teams.
After an offseason trade, former Sooner All-American point guard Danielle Robinson looks to make an impact for the WNBA defending champion Minnesota Lynx. Robinson, a three-time WNBA All-Star, averaged 12.0 points and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting .500 (7-of-14) from the field in Minnesota’s two preseason games.
Robinson and the Lynx open the season on Sunday with a WNBA Finals rematch against the Los Angeles Sparks. Sunday’s contest will be televised on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. CT.
After another successful season overseas with Hatay (Turkey), Courtney Paris also looks to provide a post presence for the Seattle Storm this season. Paris signed a free-agent deal with the Storm in the offseason and will play for new head coach Dan Hughes.
Paris, the first four-time AP All-American in college basketball history, appeared in 20 games last season for the Dallas Wings in 2017. She has led the WNBA in rebounding twice in the last four years.
Before returning to the WNBA, Paris enjoyed a successful season overseas with Hatay of the Turkish League. In her third year with the club, Paris averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 14.0 rebounds a game.
Paris and the Storm open the season on the road at the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT and the game will be streamed through Twitter.com.
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.