NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Jessica Davenport made Courtney Paris work
for her 38th consecutive double-double. She wouldn't let her escape
with the win, too.
Marscilla Packer scored 15 points and Davenport added 14 points
and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Ohio State to a 74-67 victory over
No. 3 Oklahoma on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the
country's best centers.
The Buckeyes (10-1) overcame Paris' 22 points and 13 rebounds to
end a 23-game regular-season winning streak for the Sooners (9-1)
that was the longest in the country.
While Paris had the more impressive stat line, Davenport got the
last laugh for the second straight season. The preseason Big Ten
player of the year hit two free throws with 7:15 left to give Ohio
State the lead for good. Last season, it took a turnaround jumper
with 3.4 seconds left for Davenport to push her team to a 75-71
victory against Oklahoma.
"Everybody had one main goal, and that was to win the game,"
Much of the focus before the game fell on Paris, who last season
became the first freshman on AP's All-America team, and Davenport,
who placed behind her on the second team.
Davenport set the tone early, swatting three of Paris' shots in
the first eight minutes. The eventual result was Paris' least
efficient game of the season. She took 24 shots and made only 10,
finishing below 50 percent shooting for only the second time this
"Courtney's going to get what she's going to get," Davenport
said. "Just trying to make her shoot over you, that was our whole
Paris, the Big 12 preseason player of the year, and Chelsi Welch
scored all of the Sooners' points in a 10-0 run to start the second
half. Paris tied the game by rebounding her own point-blank miss,
and Welch put Oklahoma ahead with a 3-pointer from the left side.
Paris' three-point play off a runout layup made it 46-40.
Davenport helped start Ohio State's push back with a three-point
play that resulted in Paris' third foul with 14:39 left. The
Buckeyes reclaimed the lead on Packer's 3-pointer that made it
The teams traded the lead before Davenport put Ohio State ahead
61-60 on two free throws with 7:15 left, as Paris sat on the bench
with four fouls. Brandie Hoskins made a driving layup and Star
Allen added another basket inside to give the Buckeyes some
breathing room at 69-64. Oklahoma had chances to close the gap but
missed five straight shots.
Welch ended the drought with a 3-pointer to get Oklahoma within
three in the final minute, but Erin Higgins' 3-pointer that would
have brought the Sooners to 72-70 was negated when Paris was
whistled for her fifth foul with 14.1 seconds left.
The result was Oklahoma's first regular-season loss since that
January defeat at Ohio State.
"We're not losers. We don't like losing," Paris said. "It
feels bad, and you take a long time really to take off your shoes.
You just want to go back out and fix it."
Ohio State had a similar win streak snapped earlier this month
against LSU, and spent the 10 days since working to fix mental
mistakes that contributed to the loss.
"We've learned some lessons in difficult ways but it's a team
that's starting to learn on the run," Buckeyes coach Jim Foster
said. "Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand."
Welch had 14 points and Ashley Paris had 11 points while
substituting for her foul-plagued twin sister, but the Sooners
allowed Ohio State to shoot 45 percent -- the highest total for an
opponent this season. None of Oklahoma's last three opponents had
even managed to shoot 30 percent, a record for defensive prowess
for the Sooners.
Hoskins also had 14 points for the Buckeyes, who moved to 10-0
while holding opponents below 50 percent from the field.