No. 3 Sooners Rout No. 17 Kansas State, 64-48
Jan. 14, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. (AP)--Courtney Paris had 19 points and 12 rebounds for her 107th consecutive double-double and No. 3 Oklahoma leaned on its bench to pull away in the second half and hand No. 17 Kansas State its first loss of the season with a 64-48 victory Wednesday night.
After the Wildcats (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) had trimmed the lead to two, Paris scored inside and Danielle Robinson stole the ball from Shalee Lehning for a fast-break layup. Sooners coach Sherri Coale immediately called timeout, and put in a lineup featuring four reserves.
That group put together a string of six straight points, and Ashley Paris' basket inside gave Oklahoma (13-2, 2-0) its largest lead at 53-44 with 6:18 to play.
The starters returned and continued to stretch the lead by scoring the final nine points of the game.
Marlies Gipson led Kansas State with 14 points, and Ashley Sweat scored 13. The Wildcats' 14-game winning streak matched the second-best in school history, and was the longest to start a season.
But Oklahoma was the first ranked team on K-State's schedule, and the Wildcats couldn't keep up down the stretch.
Coale went with a grouping that she hadn't used all game, and it paid off with four baskets inside. Nyeshia Stevenson swung around the left baseline for a layup before back-to-back baskets inside by Ashley Paris, prompting the first of two quick timeouts by Kansas State coach Deb Patterson.
She burned another one after backup point guard Jasmine Hartman darted under the basket for another layup, and the Sooners' starters were rested by that point for a final charge.
Ashley Paris ended up with 18 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high five blocks, and Robinson and Whitney Hand scored 10 points apiece for the Sooners.
Shalee Lehning had nine points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State, with only one basket in the second half.
The Wildcats were able to control the tempo early on with their best-in-the-nation defense that was giving up only 48.7 points per game. The Paris twins did their usual damage with 19 points in the first half, but the rest of their teammates combined for only four as the Sooners trailed 24-23 at halftime.
Gipson and Sweat scored back-to-back baskets to stretch the lead to five at the start of the second half, but the Sooners--averaging 84.1 points--charged back with a 13-4 run and led the rest of the way.