8:00 PM ET, February 9, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- With no women's record on the books, one of the few ways to measure Courtney Paris' remarkable double-doubles streak against history was to see where she stacked up with the best in the men's game.Now, no one can claim to have more double-doubles than Oklahoma's All-American center.The reigning AP Player of the Year notched her 87th career double-double Saturday night by scoring a season-high 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead No. 10 Oklahoma to a 82-66 win against Colorado.While there is no established women's record, Tim Duncan set the men's mark with 87 double-doubles at Wake Forest before winning four NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs."I need to get one more so I can feel better than Tim Duncan, I guess," Paris said.Paris has reached double figures in points and rebounds in 87 of her 90 career games, and her streak of 82 consecutive double-doubles reached 800 days on Saturday. Her numbers are thought to be records for the women's game, but the NCAA is still researching old statistics for confirmation.This one came with a fight -- or what looked a lot like one.Paris was sent sprawling to the floor twice by blows to the face and again when she fell down with no one but herself to blame. Against 6-foot-3 center Jackie McFarland, the Big 12's second-leading scorer, Paris surpassed 20 points for the third straight game -- the first time she's done that this season."This is the biggest adjustment year for me ever," said Paris, who averaged more than 20 points in her first two seasons but was at 16.7 points per game before Saturday."When I was a freshman, I came in and we had a bunch of seniors. We just threw me the ball, I went for it and I didn't have to worry about anything else. ... I think I'm just getting more and more comfortable with this team, and they're getting more and more comfortable with playing with me."After scoring 14 points in the first half, Paris pulled down her 10th rebound when she tracked down Nyeshia Stevenson's missed 3-pointer and put it back to give Oklahoma a 49-39 lead 6 1/2 minutes into the second half.She grabbed another offensive rebound on Oklahoma's next possession and set up Stevenson's 3-pointer from the right wing that gave the Sooners (17-4, 7-2 Big 12) their biggest lead at 13 points and then came out briefly after getting smacked in the face while playing defense."I think whenever you have that many big players in the game, that kind of stuff is going to happen," Paris said, adding that the pain was multiplied since she's wearing braces.After returning, she scored in the lane, set up a Stevenson layup and then converted a layup while getting fouled on the right block to push Oklahoma's lead to 66-49 with 7:33 remaining.The Buffaloes (13-10, 2-8), who'd been able to stay in striking distance until then, never got closer than 13 again."As good as Courtney Paris has been the last two years, her moves I think have gotten better this year," McFarland said.Paris also swatted two shots to tie Texas Tech's Cisti Greenwalt for the Big 12 record of 300 career blocks. Her twin sister, Ashley Paris, added 18 points, Stevenson scored 16 and Danielle Robinson had 11."Really, everybody's a little bit responsible for those big numbers but these guys finishing and going up strong, both of them looked like All-Americans tonight," Sooners coach Sherri Coale said of the Paris twins.Brittany Spears and McFarland had 19 points apiece to lead Colorado, while Bianca Smith scored 15. McFarland also committed seven of the Buffaloes' 20 turnovers.The Paris twins scored eight points in Oklahoma's game-opening 10-2 surge, and the Sooners never relinquished the lead."I'm going to really enjoy watching them play someday, but it's not tonight," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller, whose team followed an 11-game winning streak by losing eight of nine.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-52 (.442)||35-66 (.530)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||3-10 (.300)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (.875)||9-15 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|