SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Paris sisters put on quite a show for
their hometown fans, combining for 46 points and 21 rebounds.
Courtney Paris scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 14
rebounds, and twin sister Ashley added 16 points and seven boards,
leading No. 22 Oklahoma to an 85-68 victory over Iowa on Friday
night in the opener of the Odwalla Classic.Erin Higgins made four 3-pointers on the way to 14 points and
had four assists for the Sooners, who will play for the title
Saturday night at the University of San Francisco against the
winner of Friday's late game between Rider and host USF.The game marked a homecoming for the Paris twins. They opted to
play for the Sooners instead of staying home to go to California.
The freshman sisters -- Courtney is 6-foot-4 with a headband, and
Ashley is 6-3 with tiny braids -- grew up in nearby Piedmont.Courtney is the team's leading scorer and rebounder and Ashley
also starts. During one stretch early in the second half, it was
all Paris. Just as they did during their stellar prep careers, they
dominated the paint all game.Courtney scored back-to-back baskets, then watched as Ashley
made an easy hoop. Courtney then scored the next two baskets before
passing to Ashley for another hoop, giving the sisters 12 straight
points.Ashley scored in double digits for the first time this year.
When they sat down for good with 2:28 remaining -- side by side, of
course -- the sisters smiled at each other, chatted and cheered on
their teammates until the final buzzer sounded. Afterward, they
gave the fans a wave before disappearing to the locker room.The sisters also had two steals apiece, and Courtney blocked two
shots.After a slow start, the Sooners (4-1) used a 34-13 run to end
the first half, turning a 16-9 deficit into a 43-29 lead at the
break. Iowa's inside players appeared to wear down trying to defend
the sisters with a significant size disadvantage.Crystal Smith, Iowa's speedy senior guard, scored 15 points
after coming in averaging 28.5 per game. Oklahoma coach Sherri
Coale subbed often to keep up with the quicker Hawkeyes.Megan Skouby scored all 11 of her points in the second half for
Iowa (1-2), which was coming off a 95-91 double-overtime loss at
Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night.Oklahoma, which lost to eighth-ranked Connecticut in the
preseason WNIT championship game Sunday for its only defeat,
outrebounded Iowa 47-28.