4:00 PM ET, December 8, 2007
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Getting to rebounds isn't the problem for No. 9 Oklahoma. Doing it the right way is another story.Courtney Paris scored 17 points and matched her season-high with 22 rebounds as No. 9 Oklahoma had another commanding performance on the boards in a 67-47 victory against Tulsa on Saturday.While the Sooners came away with a 54-36 edge on the glass, coach Sherri Coale said she didn't think it wasn't a result of blocking out the way her team was taught."I don't know what happened to us. I don't know where our sense of discipline was," Coale said. "Perhaps they're ready for finals. There better be some pretty grades."Freshman Danielle Robinson added 11 points and Jenny Vining scored a career-high 10 points, including eight during one first-half spurt, as the Sooners (6-2) won their sixth straight game after starting their season with losses against top 5 opponents Maryland and Tennessee.Paris, the reigning AP player of the year, had 10 offensive boards and 12 on the defensive end to extend her streak of double-doubles to 69 straight games. Her twin sister, Ashley, had 13 rebounds as the Sooners held an edge on the glass for the seventh straight game.In that stretch, Oklahoma has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 17.9 boards."We might have got the rebound," Vining said, but the Sooners need to do it by "blocking out the way that we're taught and are supposed to do it, and not being just bigger."After falling behind by 18 early, the Golden Hurricane (2-8) stuck around to give the Sooners some trouble behind their frontcourt tandem of Larrissa Williams and Chanel Johnson.Johnson, a transfer from Alabama, had 12 points and nine rebounds while Williams had nine points and 11 rebounds.Tulsa scored six straight points to get within 48-36 on Kensey Hall's free throw with 12:05 to play, but then didn't score again for the next 4 1/2 minutes as the Sooners reeled off six in a row of their own.Courtney Paris' putback gave Oklahoma its largest lead to that point at 58-38, and the lead soon ballooned to 24 on Robinson's three-point play."We didn't play as well as we would have liked," Vining said. "We came out with the win and that's always good, but we have a lot of things that we want to build on and get better at."The Sooners committed 21 turnovers -- including 15 in the second half -- and shot 42 percent, their lowest mark this season other than a 41 percent performance against No. 1 Tennessee."You wonder why you can't get your score out of the 60s? Because you've only have 20 offensive attempts because the other times you're throwing it out of bounds," Coale said. "Our efficiency with the basketball was poor."Tulsa coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson said there's more talent on her team than its record shows. Johnson is the only upperclassman on the roster for the Golden Hurricane, who shot 29 percent (16-for-55) and committed 23 turnovers."I'm not going to hone in on our youth anymore," Thomas-Swinson said. "We're in the second half of our season and we've got to be able to make that turn for the better so we can turn things around."Tulsa missed its first seven shots to allow Oklahoma to jump out to a 10-2 edge, and the Sooners then gained some distance with a 14-4 run as Vining broke out of a prolonged shooting drought. A sharpshooter in high school, Vining had gone 3-for-28 to start her college career before drilling two 3-pointers and a jumper in the run that extended Oklahoma's lead to 28-13."We're obviously ecstatic for her," Coale said. "Bless her heart. I've never seen a kid have such a slump. To her credit, she's just stayed after it and kept shooting and believing."Coale said she had a feeling in shootaround that Vining was due to break double figures for the first time. She got most of the way there by hitting her first three shots."I had forgotten what that felt like," Vining said. "It had been so long."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-69 (.420)||16-55 (.291)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-12 (.250)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-16 (.375)||11-17 (.647)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|