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(12) Tennessee 70

(16-5, 5-2 SEC)

(2) Oklahoma 80

(19-2, 7-0 Big 12)

    7:30 PM ET, February 2, 2009

    1 2 T
    #12TENN 36 3470
    #2OKLA 41 3980

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: S. Stricklen 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl

    Oklahoma: W. Hand Jones 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Paris' record 112-game double-double streak snapped

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Pat Summitt walked off the court still stuck on 999 wins. Courtney Paris bounded away with tears of joy despite her remarkable double-double streak coming to an end.

    Paris had gotten a double-double in an NCAA-record 112 straight games before coming up just short against Tennessee (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP). Whitney Hand matched her career high with 20 points to help second-ranked Oklahoma beat the Lady Vols 80-70 on Monday night for the Sooners' 15th straight victory.

    Farewell to Paris Streak

    Courtney Paris finished with nine points and 12 rebounds on Monday, ending her NCAA-record streak of consecutive double-doubles at 112 games. The streak was the longest in NCAA history, men's or women's. Paris also snapped her streak of scoring in double figures at 120 games. She had scored in double figures in every game of her career.

    Most Straight Double-Doubles
    NCAA Women's D-I History
    112 Courtney Paris, OU 2005-09
    19 Anne Donovan, ODU 1982-83
    18 Cheryl Miller, USC 1984-85

    Paris finished with nine points and 12 rebounds to fall just short of a double-double for the first time in more than 1,000 days, and Summitt will be stuck on 999 until at least Thursday night, when the Lady Vols host Georgia.

    "I'm not concerned about a number for me," Summitt said. "I'm concerned about this basketball team investing in our system and not picking and choosing when they want to play hard."

    Paris got a standing ovation when she fouled out with 38.2 seconds left. She walked to the bench with both arms raised and wiped away tears as she waved to a standing crowd before taking a seat on the Sooners' bench.

    Voepel: Team Effort

    Oklahoma did more than postpone Pat Summitt's 1,000th victory Monday. The Sooners proved they can be a Final Four team, even on a night when Courtney Paris' double-double streak came to an end, writes Mechelle Voepel. Story

    "I'm sorry if I cry because I'm a crybaby. I came here and I wanted to win a national championship," Paris said, wiping away tears. "In the midst of it, I've gotten this streak, I've had scoring records, I've did all these other things.

    "And tonight, I wish I would have played better but I realized we have all the tools we need to do what I really wanted to do. It's just overwhelming."

    It was the end of an unbelievable run that started in December of her freshman year and only the fourth time in Paris' 121 career games that she didn't reach at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. By comparison, the longest streak in men's basketball was 40 in a row by North Carolina's Billy Cunningham back in the 1960s.

    "It had to end sometime, and if it ends tonight, it does. It's still the most remarkable streak in the history of college basketball," Sooners coach Sherri Coale said.

    Paris' teammates had plenty of fight to get the win anyway -- and, just as notably, prevent Summitt from getting it. It was Oklahoma's first win in four tries against the vaunted Lady Vols.

    Fast Facts

    • The Sooners beat the Lady Vols for the first time in four all-time meetings and denied Pat Summitt her 1,000th career win.

    • Whitney Hand hit 8-of-9 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and scored a team-high 20 points to lead Oklahoma to its 15th straight victory.

    • Tennessee fell to 2-5 vs. ranked teams this season (14-0 vs. ranked).

    -- ESPN Research

    In the 35th year of her storied stay at Tennessee, Summitt was trying to become the first major college coach to reach 1,000 victories. And there were times early when it looked like she'd get there. But she was left glaring in silence at her team after calling timeout following Hand's steal and fast-break layup that closed an 11-2 Sooners run that put Oklahoma ahead 57-46 with 13:10 to play. When she finally broke her silence, her instructions came in brief bursts.

    By then, her Lady Vols had already blown a 15-point lead and were threatening to get run out of the game entirely.

    "We are a long way from being a 40-minute team," Summitt said.

    She could only stem the tide for so long.

    A few minutes later, Hand nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the game during a run of nine straight points for the Sooners. Danielle Robinson's fast-break layup pushed the lead to 72-54 and forced Summitt to burn her final timeout with 5:53 left. And it was too late to do enough damage after that.

    Hand ended up matching her career-best with 20 points, Ashley Paris -- Courtney's twin sister -- scored 19, and Robinson had 17 points and 12 assists. The Sooners shot 53 percent and forced 24 turnovers, 14 in the second half, on their way to a 15th straight win.

    Shekinna Stricklen scored 21 to lead the Lady Vols (16-5). Glory Johnson added 12 and Vicki Baugh 11. Baugh had to be helped off of the court in the closing minutes and Summitt said she didn't expect to know her injury status until the team got back to Tennessee.

    The crowd started chanting "Courtney! Courtney!" as Oklahoma (19-2) tried to pound the ball in to Paris to extend her streak. But she turned it over twice under the basket and also missed a reverse layup in the final 2 minutes, and then had to leave early.

    She still was able to celebrate, though, bouncing off the court after a postgame interview.

    Stricklen scored 10 points during an early 16-0 surge by Tennessee, prompting Summitt to clap her hands and shout encouragement to Stricklen after her second 3-pointer during the stretch. But soon enough, her trademark scowl was back and her arms were folded -- right over left -- just as they had been most of the game, and even when the Lady Vols lineup was being introduced before the game.

    Coale gambled by putting Courtney Paris back in with two fouls, and it paid off perfectly. She set a screen to clear Nyeshia Stevenson for a 3-pointer from the left corner, and Oklahoma wiped out its 15-point deficit with a 19-0 run completed by Ashley Paris' two free throws that put Oklahoma up 37-33.

    Afterward, Ashley Paris cried, too, that her sister's streak was over. She shed 30 pounds in the offseason and said she's trying her best just to get four double-doubles in a row and "we share the same DNA."

    "I know how hard it is to do that, and I'm so proud. And I'm proud to have it on my last name," Ashley Paris said. "It's tough, it's hard, and it's just unbelievable what she has done."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TENN
    OKLA
    Points 70 80
    FG Made-Attempted 24-57 (.421) 31-58 (.534)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-11 (.455) 5-10 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-21 (.810) 13-17 (.765)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 18

    Game Leaders

     
    TENN
    OKLA
    PointsS. Stricklen 21W. Hand Jones 20
    ReboundsG. Johnson 8C. Paris 12
    AssistsA. Bjorklund 3D. Robinson 12
    StealsS. Stricklen 5C. Paris 3

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