3:05 PM ET, December 7, 2008
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Courtney Paris' streak is now at 100 -- and there's no end in sight if she keeps playing like this.Paris had 24 points and 10 rebounds for her 100th consecutive double-double, and No. 6 Oklahoma routed Arkansas State 87-57 Sunday. Paris scored 19 points in the first half, and the Sooners eventually pulled away for an easy victory."I thought Courtney was as good out of the blocks as she's been all year. She really began the game playing hard and demanding the basketball," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "Our guards did a good job of getting it there."Paris' streak is an NCAA record. It began almost exactly three years ago on Dec. 5, 2005.It nearly ended in Wednesday night's 69-49 win over Creighton, when the senior center scored only 11 points. She matched that total in the first 8:02 Sunday."I met with coach and we talked about me playing a little bit harder," Paris said. "I just tried to focus on the things we've been talking about."The Red Wolves (5-4) kept it close for most of the first half before Oklahoma began to increase the margin. Ashley Paris, Courtney's sister, beat the defense downcourt and made a layup while drawing a foul. She missed the free throw, but Courtney Paris rebounded and made a nice pass to a cutting Whitney Hand for a layup that put the Sooners ahead 37-25.They led 47-32 at halftime even though Arkansas State had shot 55 percent."You could just tell that we were playing so hard just to hang on," Red Wolves coach Brian Boyer said. "I don't know that there's a team in the country that's a harder matchup for us."Oklahoma (6-2) began the second half with a 12-1 run to turn the game into a blowout -- although it wasn't as lopsided as the Sooners' 93-36 victory over Arkansas State last season.Ashley Paris, a forward, had 20 points and 11 rebounds Sunday. She and her sister more than made up for Oklahoma's 3-of-15 shooting from 3-point range."When you have two post guys as talented as these two and they're both getting double-doubles, then that puts the defense in quite a quandary and really opens things up for our other guys," Coale said. "Had we been able to connect on some of those 3s tonight, it would have been an even more impressive performance."Nyeshia Stevenson added 14 points for Oklahoma, and Danielle Robinson had 13. Jazmine Taylor led Arkansas State with 12 points, and Lyndsay Schlup scored 10 on 5-of-5 shooting. Shania Hurst also had 10 points for the Red Wolves.Oklahoma outrebounded Arkansas State 43-26, including 19 offensive rebounds. The Red Wolves shot only 7-of-28 in the second half after their solid start."It's too bad it's not a 10-minute basketball game because I thought the first 10 minutes we certainly played well," Boyer said. "The problem you have with a team like this, for us, is there's just no margin of error."
|FG Made-Attempted||38-70 (.543)||19-50 (.380)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-15 (.200)||2-10 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-12 (.667)||17-25 (.680)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|