8:00 PM ET, November 30, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Through seven games, Oklahoma opponents have been forced to double and even triple-team 6-foot-4 freshman Courtney Paris.For a seventh consecutive game, Oklahoma guard Erin Higgins was more than happy to take advantage of the extra room on the outside, hitting four 3-pointers to help No. 20 Oklahoma beat TCU 77-63 Wednesday night.Paris led all scorers with 22 points and 17 rebounds, posting her fifth double-double this season. Higgins finished with 16 points and now leads the Big 12 Conference with 16 3-pointers in 41 tries.Higgins connected on three of her first five attempts in the first half to help Oklahoma (6-1) lead by as many as 14. Higgins has now hit four 3-pointers in a game three times this season.TCU (2-3) focused on Paris early but couldn't stop the outside barrage led by Higgins and her teammates. Laura Andrews and Britney Brown each had a pair of 3-pointers to help the Sooners shoot 50 percent for the game from the 3-point arc.Both of Brown's 3-pointers came during a 16-0 run the Sooners used to open the second half."I was really happy with the way we came out in the second half," Higgins said. "I thought that showed a lot of maturity as far as our team is concerned. We haven't necessarily done that in past games."Paris was perfect from the floor, hitting 7-of-7 shots and converting 8-of-11 free throws.She has now led the Sooners in scoring in all but one game this season, often times against multiple defenders."I think whenever I was looking to come here during the recruiting process, this is the kind of game I imagined," Courtney Paris said. "I just got excited. I've never been on a team that's made so many 3's in one game. If a team's going to do that, then we're just going to knock down 3's on them."Her sister, Ashley, picked up 12 rebounds to help Oklahoma to a 50-28 rebounding advantage. The duo outrebounded TCU by themselves in the first half, pulling down 16 rebounds to the Lady Frogs' 13."Those are special players and they're special freshmen," TCU coach Jeff Mittie said of the twins. "They don't look like freshmen out there."TCU, which has lost to three Top 25 opponents in the last nine days, closed to within 12 points with just under six minutes remaining, but Courtney Paris answered with consecutive baskets inside.The Sooners closed the game hitting 10-of-10 free throws to win their third straight.Adrianne Ross led TCU with 18 points. Ashley Davis was next with 15.
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