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Twins combine for 30 points, 36 rebounds in Sooner win

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma had already shown how good it can
be when Courtney Paris is at her best. Kansas State found out what
it's like when twin sister Ashley is on her game, too.

The Paris twins combined for 30 points and 36 rebounds to help
the Sooners (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) overcome a 3-point onslaught by Kansas State for
a 78-58 win Wednesday night.

"That's a lot of boards to come out of one household,"
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.

Four days after scoring a school-record 43 points on 20-for-26
shooting in an 80-58 win against No. 22 New Mexico, Courtney Paris
struggled from the floor. She made only 9-of-21 shots, but still
wound up with 18 points and 19 rebounds for her 40th straight
double-double.

Ashley Paris got her first double-double of the season with 12
points and 17 rebounds.

"Courtney is smashmouth, go right through you. Ashley will
finesse you a little bit," Coale said. "But when it comes to
getting a rebound, they're very, very similar.

"If she keeps giving performances like that, teams are in
trouble."

The win was the 20th in a row against Big 12 competition for the
Sooners (11-1, 1-0 Big 12), who also got 12 points from Chelsi
Welch.

Marlies Gipson scored 14 and Ashley Sweat added 11 to lead
Kansas State, which made 12 3-pointers on a season-high 24
attempts. The Wildcats (12-2, 0-1), who had a nine-game winning
streak snapped, were 6-for-39 from inside the 3-point line.

"It's really difficult when you don't have that feeling of
power and that second post," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson
said. "You can look at Oklahoma and see what strength that
brings."

The Sooners' guards made it even tougher on the Wildcats by
hitting 6-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, then using
penetration to open up the Paris twins after halftime. Oklahoma was
the first team to shoot higher than 40 percent against the
defending NIT champions this season.

"I think a lot of that (was) caused by aggressiveness by their
perimeter players. It creates some real havoc in the paint when you
have those kind of really big, strong, physical bodies," Patterson
said. "They have the ability to back you down if you get behind
them at all and just the strength and the size to rebound over
you."

Courtney Paris, Oklahoma's All-America center, converted only
six of her first 18 shots before making three in a row. She left
the game with 4:41 left after picking up her fourth foul with
Oklahoma up by 16.

"I guess I had a bad game. I started out really slow and really
couldn't find a rhythm or energy," Paris said.

Her sister helped make up for it by notching a career-high in
rebounds and her highest scoring total in 6½ weeks.

"That's just the great thing about these two guys. Each of them
is a handful to guard," Coale said. "You can't guard Ashley with
one. You can't guard Courtney with one. So if two go over and
converge on Courtney, somebody's trying to block out Ashley by
themself, which is a tough task for anyone."

The two combined to outrebound Kansas State 36-35, and Oklahoma
had a 22-rebound edge overall.

The Sooners led by at least 10 the rest of the way after
Courtney Paris converted off an offensive rebound to start a 12-0
burst that extended the lead to 33-18 with 4:12 left in the first
half.

Still, Ashley Paris has a long way to go if she wants to match
her sister's impressive double-double streak.

"The only thing that stands between Ashley getting a
double-double every night and not is how aggressive she wants to
be," Coale said. "If she wants to catch the ball and go score,
nobody can keep her from scoring."