Dec. 5, 2007
Oklahoma improved to 3-1 against Illinois all-time, revenging its only defeat in the series, an 85-76 loss in Champaign on Dec. 18, 2005.
Oklahoma's 29 first-half points matched its second lowest first period scoring output of the season. OU trailed Maryland 42-24 in the first half of the season opener and 32-29 to Tennessee.
For the first time all season, Oklahoma had no free-throw attempts in the first period, while Illinois was 5-of-5 from the line. Danielle Robinson made the Sooners' first two at the 19:06 mark of the second period.
Oklahoma's 13 turnovers was a season low, besting the 17 OU had against Maryland.
Ashley Paris scored in double figures for the fifth time this season with 10 points on 5-of-8 field goal shooting. Paris entered the game second in the NCAA with 70.0 percent field goal shooting, which fell slightly to 69.3 percent tonight.
In her 76th game, Courtney Paris recorded her 68th consecutive and 73rd career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Tonight (Dec. 5) was the second anniversary of the beginning of Paris' double-double streak. The record started with a 24-point, 22-rebound effort against UCLA on Dec. 5, 2005.
Paris' 21 points were a season high. She leads the Sooners with 17.7 per game.
Paris blocked four shots for 22 on the season and extended her school record to 252 career blocked shots.
Robinson had a game-leading and career best seven steals. It was the most by a Sooner in a single game since Dionnah Jackson had nine against Iowa on Nov. 27, 2004.
Stevenson buried two 3-pointers, her first field goal attempts of the game, in the final 49 seconds of the first half to give the Sooners a six-point lead, 29-23, entering halftime.
Stevenson matched a career high with three steals, a feat she has accomplished in each of the past two games.