8:00 PM ET, February 14, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- For most players, nine points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots are a fine night's work.But after No. 2 Oklahoma beat Kansas 69-54 Saturday night, all Courtney Paris could do was poke fun at herself for that effort."I'm devastated," Paris said with a laugh when asked how disappointed she was not to score in double figures. Playing just 25 minutes, the 6-foot-4 senior failed to score at least 10 points for only the second time in her career, and failed to get a double-double for only the sixth time in 124 games.Earlier this year, her streak of double-doubles came to an end at 112."I don't worry about that stuff anymore," she said. "I'm just glad we won."Amanda Thompson picked up the scoring slack with 16 points as the Sooner (22-2, 10-0) reeled off their 18th straight win and beat Kansas for the 11th game in a row.Paris, the Big 12's leading career scorer, was 3-for-7 from the field. It was the 36th time the All-American has blocked at least one shot."I think Courtney Paris could care less about getting a double-double," Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "I think [Oklahoma coach] Sherri Coale was our best defense tonight."Coale was more generous and gave credit to the Kansas defense."Their defenders are big. They did a good job of meeting her early and fighting for that real estate we all want," she said. "They did a really good job of making her catch the ball away from the basket where she's comfortable. She only played 25 minutes, that's part of it."The Sooners kept giving up good looks to Kansas, but the hapless Jayhawks hit only four of their first 28 shots, missing time after time from nearly point-blank range before warming up in the second half. Danielle McCray had 23 points for Kansas (13-10, 2-8).With Paris on the bench taking her first breather in the first half, Nyeshia Stevenson scored six points in a 9-2 burst.After LaChelda Jacobs scored for Kansas, Stevenson raced down court for a fast-break layup that gave the Sooners a 26-16 lead.McCray got the second half started with a 3-pointer, but then Whitney Hand answered with a 3-pointer for Oklahoma and the Sooners unleashed a 9-0 run, capped by Thompson's two jumpers.After shooting a miserable 19.4 percent in the first half, Kansas wound up shooting 26 percent for the game. But the Jayhawks, who are struggling to get their program going in Henrickson's fifth year, never threatened.Sade Morris had 10 points for Kansas and Nicollette Smith had eight points and 11 rebounds.McCray, the second-leading scorer in the Big 12, had 15 of her points in the second half but was only 6-for-23 against an active Oklahoma defense.McCray's bucket cut the lead to 47-35 midway through the second half. But a moment later Tompson scored on a give-and-go and finished a 9-2 run with a short jumper."Every win in the Big 12 is a good one, and we'll take, it," Coale said. "I don't think we played nearly as well as we're capable and I don't think we played with a great deal of energy. But we've been on an emotional swing. We've had a number of really big time games back-to-back-to-back."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-58 (.500)||17-65 (.262)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||3-8 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||17-23 (.739)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||8 (0/0)|