1:30 PM ET, January 31, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- Nyeshia Stevenson and Ashley Paris each scored 14 points as No. 2 Oklahoma extended its winning streak to 14 games and remained atop the Big 12 Conference by routing Missouri 78-56 on Saturday.Oklahoma (18-2, 7-0) avenged its last loss to a Big 12 foe while sending Missouri (10-10, 1-6) to its fourth straight loss. The Tigers stunned Oklahoma in overtime in the first round of last season's conference tournament.The Sooners next will play No. 13 Tennessee on Monday in Oklahoma City, hoping to keep Tennessee coach Pat Summitt from recording what would be her 1,000th career win with the Lady Vols.Alyssa Hollins led Missouri with 17 points while Shakara Jones had 11.Oklahoma center Courtney Paris had 10 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of playing time to extend her NCAA-record streak of consecutive double-doubles to 112 games.Oklahoma led all the way, although the Tigers kept it close in the early minutes and were within 24-14 after RaeShara Brown's put-back with 8:54 left in the first half.A 3-pointer by Amanda Hanneman pulled Missouri to 30-20 with 6:25 left, but the Tigers didn't score the rest of the half. Oklahoma started pouring it on with a run featuring a 3-pointer by Whitney Hand, which she put up even as Courtney Paris stood at half-court with her arms upraised in a "good" sign.Danielle Robinson added a basket moments later to give Oklahoma a 45-20 halftime lead.A 10-2 run to start the second half by Missouri cut the gap to 47-30 with 18:19 left, but the Tigers didn't score again for more than six minutes. Oklahoma scored 15 straight points in the interim, including seven from Stevenson.Courtney Paris secured her double-double on a bucket with 6:53 left -- which gave Oklahoma its biggest lead at 71-38 -- then exited the game 24 seconds later. Ashley Paris narrowly missed her own double-double, finishing with nine rebounds.Hand and Robinson each scored 10 points for Oklahoma.The Sooners have won 10 of their last 12 games against Missouri, although the Tigers still lead the series 29-25.
|FG Made-Attempted||23-70 (.329)||32-64 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-24 (.208)||5-14 (.357)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-7 (.714)||9-14 (.643)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||8 (0/0)|