Women Dominate in Big 12 Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 10, 2009
Photos Box Score | Photos Game Notes
  1st 2nd F
OU 44 33 77
NU 23 33 56
2008-09 OU Women's Basketball Central
 Stats Comparison OU NU
 Points 77 56
 FG Made-Attempted 34-78 22-60
 FG Percentage 43.6 36.7
 3FG Made-Attempted 3-4 8-10
 3FG Percentage 33.3


 FT Made-Attempted 3-4 8-10
 FT Percentage 75.0 80.0
 Rebounds 50 35
 Assists 23 11
 Turnovers 17 21
 OU Stat Leaders
 NU Stat Leaders
 C. Paris 18
12  Kelley
 C. Paris 20
9  Redmon
 Robinson 7
4  Kelley
 A. Paris 3
3  Turner
 C. Paris 3
3  Redmon

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- After suffering a brief scare early in the game, Courtney Paris took over.

The three-time All-America center had 18 points and 20 rebounds for her NCAA-record 106th consecutive double-double for Oklahoma (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) and the Sooners (12-2, 1-0) opened Big 12 play with a dominating 77-56 victory Saturday night.

Paris got tangled up with Nebraska's Catheryn Redmon going for a rebound 32 seconds into the game. Paris fell hard and dinged her right knee.

"It hurt. I just wanted to cry," she said.

Paris stayed on the floor for a few extra moments, walked gingerly to the end of the bench and stretched out her right leg. It wasn't long before she told Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale she was ready to re-enter the game.

"I know her so well that I could tell she wasn't exactly right and she just needed to come out for a second," Coale said. "We've seen her go down a few times in practice with an ankle. I know the difference."

Paris moved around just fine when she came back. She had three offensive rebounds on one possession before putting back her own miss, and she had six rebounds in her first two minutes of playing time.

Paris, who needed only 12 minutes on the court to secure another of her double-doubles, finished with a career-high 12 offensive rebounds -- a statistic that left Nebraska coach Connie Yori stunned.

"I don't know if I've ever been part of a game where somebody gets 12 offensive rebounds individually. I can't remember that happening ever in my career," said Yori, a head coach for 19 years.

Nebraska was hamstrung defensively against the 6-4 Paris. The Huskers' two top post players, two-time All-Big 12 pick Kelsey Griffin and Nikki Bober, are out with season-ending injuries. That left the 6-foot-3 Redmon and 6-2 Cory Montgomery to take turns trying to match up with her.

"We have two post players of any size right now, and one of the keys to the game was we needed to stay out of foul trouble," Yori said. "Well, we did that, but then we didn't guard her. We didn't put a body on her, and she got too many easy touches right at the rim that are going to be baskets."

The Huskers had more problems than just Paris.

Nyeshia Stevenson scored 14 points. Courtney Paris' twin sister, Ashley added 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Whitney Hand, the Big 12's preseason freshman of the year, scored 10 points and had four assists and two steals.

Danielle Robinson, the freshman of the year last season, had eight points and seven assists.

Courtney Paris said her supporting cast takes a lot of pressure off her.

"You don't have to come out every night and think you have to do all this stuff," she said. "You just have to do your job. Everybody else is accountable for their own job."

The Sooners won their eighth straight and beat Nebraska for the 10th time in 11 meetings.

The Huskers committed eight turnovers and missed seven shots before scoring their first basket almost 7 minutes into the game. Oklahoma led 15-0 on its way to a 44-23 halftime advantage.

Dominique Kelley led Nebraska with 12 points, all in the second half. Montgomery and Yvonne Turner each had nine points, and Redmon had nine rebounds to go with eight points.

The Sooners shot 43.9 percent, only the second time in seven games they've been under 50 percent, and held a 50-35 rebounding advantage.

Nebraska, which shot 29 percent the first half, improved to 42 percent after the break and matched Oklahoma's 33 second-half points.

"I thought Nebraska fought back and they were very impressive in the second half," Coale said. "We just jumped out to too big a lead -- too much to overcome."

The Sooners figure to get tougher tests in the coming week with home games against No. 18 Kansas State on Wednesday and No. 6 Texas A&M next Sunday.

"A lot of things have to happen for a year to end in an extraordinary way," Coale said. "But I like where we are right now."



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