Paris added to list of candidates for Wooden Award

Updated: February 3, 2006, 1:53 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma freshman center Courtney Paris was one of five players added Thursday to the midseason list of candidates for the Wooden Award, given to the nation's top women's college basketball player.

Paris joined fellow freshman Candace Parker of Tennessee as well as Tara Boothe of Xavier, Jessica Dickson of South Florida and Liz Shimek of Michigan State as newcomers to the 20-player midseason list. The list includes 11 seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.

Other midseason players listed were: Seimone Augustus (LSU), Monique Currie (Duke), Jessica Davenport (OSU), Candice Dupree (Temple), Sylvia Fowles (LSU), Tasha Humphrey (Georgia), Tamara James (Miami), Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Ivory Latta (UNC), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), Khara Smith (DePaul), Kim Smith (Utah), Ann Strother (UConn), Candice Wiggins (Stanford) and Sophia Young (Baylor).

The 6-foot-4 Paris is averaging 21 points, 14.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game for the Sooners (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP), totals that rank fourth, first and sixth, respectively, in NCAA Division I. She has posted 14 straight double-doubles, the nation's longest current streak, and her total of 19 double-doubles this season also is tops in the nation.

Oklahoma (18-4, 8-0 Big 12 Conference) has won six straight games and will play at Missouri on Saturday.

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