April 1, 2009
Oklahoma advanced to its second Final Four in history, its first since 2002.
Attendance tonight was 11,529. The Oklahoma City Regional had the largest single-session and combined attendance (21,872) of any regional site this year.
Courtney Paris set a record before she stepped on the court tonight. Paris was named to the Associated Press’ All-America First Team for a fourth time. Only Paris, Chamique Holdsclaw and Alana Beard have been named to the team three times. OU’s Ashley Paris and Danielle Robinson were also honorable mention.
Oklahoma is 21-11 all-time in the NCAA Championship. OU is 2-0 in the regional final, 1-0 in the national semifinal round and 3-0 all-time vs. Purdue.
Oklahoma’s 23.5 percent field-goal shooting in the first half was its worst half of shooting this season. OU’s previous low was a 6-for-22 (.273) effort in a loss to Texas A&M at College Station, Texas.
Courtney Paris’ six blocks gives her 104 for the season. Paris is the first women’s player to record at least 100 blocks in each of her four seasons.
Courtney Paris recorded three steals, matching a career single-game best. All three steals came in the first half.
Courtney Paris recorded her 127th career double-double and 30th of the season.