NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Courtney Paris started her sophomore season
in the same record-breaking way she finished her freshman campaign.
Paris had 23 points and 11 rebounds for her school-record 34th
double-double and Chelsi Welch matched her career-high with 23
points to lead No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 20 DePaul 105-71 Sunday.
It was Oklahoma's most lopsided win against a ranked opponent in
"I think what a win like this does is, it doesn't have anything
to do with the number of points that we scored or the margin of
victory even," Coale said. "It's that we understand we can beat
the No. (20) team in the country and still have all these things
that we need to improve upon."
Coale said the Sooners (1-0) struggled to box out on rebounds,
but they corrected that to beat the Blue Demons (0-1) on the boards
34-13 in the second half. Oklahoma surpassed 100 points for the
second time in the past six years.
"I think this win was huge for us. You talk about statements
and things like that, but just for us to score that many points and
know how much improvement we have to make is really encouraging,"
DePaul lost starters Erin Carney and Caprice Smith to foul
trouble during a 9-0 Oklahoma run early in the second half. Ashley
Paris capped the initial run with a layup to make it 57-40, and the
Sooners started a 10-1 spurt soon after.
Leah Rush's jumper from the left corner stretched the lead to
69-43, and the Blue Demons were never got closer than 19 as the
Sooners closed the game on a 12-2 run.
The double-double was the 29th in a row for Paris, a preseason
All-American. Ashley Paris, Courtney's twin, added 16 points and
Rush scored 11 for Oklahoma, which won its ninth straight home
"We couldn't have beaten the Sooner Stilettos the way we
competed," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said, referring to Oklahoma's
club for female community and business leaders.
Jenna Rubino had 18 points and Smith scored 14 for DePaul, which
was coming off its first appearance in the round of 16 in the NCAA
tournament. Carney grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds -- 15 in the
Oklahoma held DePaul to 29 percent shooting in the first half to
open a 45-33 lead. The Sooners never trailed.
"We've got a long way to go. We've been through this type of a
game before, I'm not lying, and have made corrections, resurrected
ourselves and made it the NCAA tournament," Bruno said.
"It doesn't seem like that's possible when you walk after the
floor after a spanking like we had in the second half, but I still
have belief and faith in these young women."
DePaul wore a patch honoring former Blue Demons men's coach Ray
Meyer and former assistant women's coach Maggie Dixon, who each
passed away in the past year.