After further review, Paris has double-double streak restored

Updated: November 29, 2007, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma center Courtney Paris' double-doubles streak is still intact after all.

The streak had ended at 64 games when she got only eight rebounds against Mississippi State last week in Cancun, Mexico. But a review of the game video credited her with two more defensive rebounds, keeping the two-year streak alive.

"I think it's cool. If I got the rebounds, then it's cool that it's counted," Paris said after practice Thursday. "But it's never really been something I was too caught up in."

Paris said her teammates told her they wished they would have missed one extra shot or blocked out a little harder to give her the chance at the extra rebounds.

"It made me appreciate it more," she said. "It was kind of cool to be a part of that when it ended. I always wondered since people talked so much about it, what would it be like when it ended? It was cool, it was awesome and it made me want to work harder for my teammates."

Paris' last game without reaching double figures in points and rebounds was Dec. 3, 2005, against Oral Roberts. She had 19 points and only five rebounds while limited to 13 minutes because of foul trouble in the eighth game of her college career.

Combined with her 19-point, 22-rebound performance against North Texas earlier this week, the reigning national player of the year's streak now stands at 66 games.

There's no official NCAA record for consecutive double-doubles in women's college basketball, but the longest streak among men is 40 straight games by North Carolina's Billy Cunningham from 1962-64.

Paris' streak is twice as long as Oscar Robertson's longest -- a 33-game run from 1958-60.

"The double-double streak is not what I play for, but it was kind of cool to get that feeling," she said. "It made me nervous, like this thing's a big deal even though I don't feel like it's a big deal."

Paris, who set the NCAA season rebounding mark with 539 in the 2005-06 season, wasn't the only one whose stats were changed. The original box score from the Mississippi State game showed Oklahoma with a 34-32 rebounding edge, but the new one had the Sooners outrebounding the Bulldogs 38-30. Oklahoma was credited with three additional missed shots and Mississippi State had one additional miss.

In all, 36 errors became known after the statistics kept for Oklahoma's radio broadcast didn't add up with those on the box score. Both schools agreed upon the changes, including one Mississippi State basket that was scored as a make and should have been a miss, and one that was scored as a miss when it was actually made.

"You want it to be legitimate one way or the other," Sooners coach Sherri Coale said. "In many ways, it's great that it happened the way that it did, because it makes you stop and take stock of how tough it is to do and how special it is while you're in the middle of it."


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