Oklahoma's Courtney Paris Sets NCAA Rebounding Record
Feb. 8, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Courtney Paris broke the NCAA Division I rebounding record and set two Big 12 scoring marks in leading No. 2 Oklahoma to a 93-75 victory over rival Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Paris had 17 points and eight rebounds, with her first breaking the record of 1,815 set by Wanda Ford of Drake from 1983 to 1986. Danielle Robinson added 18 points and Oklahoma (20-2, 8-0) extended its winning streak to 16 games.
Big 12 scoring leader Andrea Riley had 25 points for Oklahoma State (14-7, 3-5), but struggled with her shot, finishing 6-for-23 from the field. The Cowgirls' five conference losses have all come against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
Paris finished the game with 1,823 career boards. In the second half, she broke the Big 12 career scoring record of 2,480 points, set by Baylor's Sophia Young from 2003-2006, and Young's Big 12 field goals record of 1,034. Paris now has 2,481 points and 1,037 field goals.
Paris finished without a double-double for the second straight game after recording an NCAA-record streak of 112 straight.
Oklahoma maintained its lead in conference play over Baylor and Kansas State, each of which has two league losses.
Oklahoma was 9-of-13 from 3-point range, with reserve guard Jenny Vining converting 4 of 5, Nyeshia Stevenson making 3 of 3 and Whitney Hand hitting 2 of 2. Vining and Hand scored 12 points, Stevenson had 11.
The Cowgirls ended a 17-game losing streak in the Bedlam series last season by beating Oklahoma in Gallagher-Iba Arena behind 45 points from Riley, but this time, she was arguably only the best point guard on the court.
She missed her first eight shots as the Cowgirls started 2-for-16 from the field and fell behind by 18 points just 11 minutes into the game. She was unable to pull Oklahoma State any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Robinson, her Oklahoma counterpart, was 7-of-13 from the field and scored six points in the first three minutes as the Sooners raced to an 8-0 lead.
Consecutive 3-pointers off the bench by Stevenson put Oklahoma up 29-11. Riley's 3-pointer with 1:32 left before halftime brought the Cowgirls within 43-34, but Oklahoma freshmen Jasmine Hartman and Hand combined to score the final six points of the half.
Back-to-back buckets by Tegan Cunningham, who scored 20 points, cut Oklahoma's margin to 53-43 with 17:32 left, but Robinson scored six points in an 11-1 run by the Sooners, and a 3-pointer by Hand made it 64-44 with 15:02 left.
Oklahoma led by as many as 27 points, and in the final minutes, pockets of Oklahoma fans inside the Cowgirls' arena began chanting "Boomer! Sooner!" in celebration.