ST. LOUIS -- Courtney Paris' 104th consecutive double-double was a bit of a close call.
The 6-foot-3 senior had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the fifth-ranked Sooners' 87-61 victory over Saint Louis on Tuesday night, but needed a strong second half to keep the streak alive."No matter how late the game is, it's never too late to get yourself going, and that goes for anyone on our team," Paris said. "I never want to pout, I never want to get frustrated, I always want to do the best I can."Paris has reached double figures in scoring and rebounding in 109 of 112 career games. It's become old hat for teammates, who weren't exactly forcing the ball to Paris."We never even notice it until the crowd stands up and says 'Yay!,'" said Nyeshia Stevenson, who had 18 points off the bench. "I'm going to feed it to her. I don't ever want her to break [the streak]."Paris had one point on 0-for-2 shooting with five rebounds at halftime, and 3-for-8 free-throw shooting kept her out of double-figure scoring until she made a layup off a pass from twin sister Ashley Paris with 4:07 to go.Paris had a similar slow start against Middle Tennessee State in the second game of the season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds after totaling two points and three rebounds at the half.Ashley Paris added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Danielle Robinson had 12 points and seven assists for Oklahoma (10-2), which has won six in a row. The Sooners and Saint Louis (4-9) played for the first time because Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale likes to play in the city about to host the Women's Final Four.The 2009 event is April 5 and 7 at the Scottrade Center, where the Billikens' men's teams played before moving to the new on-campus Chaifetz Arena this season."It's a little bit of familiarity with the city," Coale said. "It gives you an opportunity to sort of subtly plant some seeds with the team."Theresa Lisch had 19 points for Saint Louis, going 9-for-10 from the free throw line.Lauren Woods added a season-high 12 points for the Billikens, who have lost four of five and are 2-30 against the Big 12 including 0-3 this season."I think this game is a great learning experience for us," Lisch said. "We were able to see how we measured up against one of the best teams in the nation."If we want to take our program to the next level, we're going to have to become more consistent."