CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- The Paris sisters proved to be too much
for Arizona State to handle.
Courtney Paris had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and sister Ashley
scored 21 points to help Oklahoma (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) win for the first time
this season, 69-57 over Arizona State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) on Thursday in the
"I think people pay a lot of attention to Courtney [Paris] and
when that happens, then Ashley [Paris] draws the lesser of the two
defenders," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "She took that as a
challenge tonight and took it right at them. I think [Arizona
State] had to redraw their game plan on the interior. A lot of the
credit goes to our guards for getting the basketball to the right
place at the right time."
Danielle Robinson added 18 points for Oklahoma (1-2), which
opened the season with losses to No. 3 Maryland and No. 1
"It was great to finally get a win," said Courtney Paris, who
had her 69th double-double in 72 career games. "The entire team
was really focused and stuck to the game plan, offensively and
defensively, the best we have all season. Our guards were terrific
at getting the ball moved to the right position and they were able
to open holes in the defense."
Briann January and Dymond Simon scored 16 points each for the
Sun Devils (2-2).
"We're disappointed in how we played. We were sloppy in the
first half, the turnovers did not allow us to get into our defense,
in the second half we shot better and put up a fight," Arizona
State coach Charli Turner said. "Credit Oklahoma, but honestly a
lot of it was us not playing well. We need to settle down and play
Oklahoma shot 60.6 percent from the floor and took a 40-18 lead
with 2:58 left in the first half on Courtney Paris' basket, and
held the Sun Devils without a field goal for nine minutes until
Sybil Dosty scored with 1:34 remaining.
Arizona State closed the first 20 minutes on a 8-4 run to left
the score 44-24.
The Sun Devils continued their strong defense in the second half
and held Oklahoma without a field goal for nearly 4 minutes to
close to 67-54. Robinson scored to end the drought and Oklahoma
held on for the 69-57 win.
Arizona State will play Friday against Iowa.