Paris and #2 Sooners Too Much for Lady Devils

Players like Oklahoma's Courtney Paris don't come along every day. The three-time All American had a few milestones within reach on Friday night against Arizona State and she achieved what she set out to do in a 70-57 victory over ASU at Lloyd Noble Center.

"We just need to keep pressure on the ball," ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "We didn't do that and we let them move the ball. Those are two things we don't want to do. (Courtney Paris) got some easy looks and put backs and we missed some block outs."

"It wasn't the prettiest basketball game I've ever been a part of," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said, "but it was a win against a very talented team."

Paris need 17 points to become Oklahoma's all-time leading scorer and she scored 19 to pass Phylesha Whaley for that honor and she added 20 rebounds for her 100th career double-double, extending her NCAA record for most double-doubles.

ASU missed their first six shots of the game, before a Lauren Lacey layup cut OU's lead to 4-2 just 30 seconds into the game. Turnovers by the Sooners offset poor ASU shooting and allowed the Devils to stick around.

Oklahoma led by seven early, but a jumper by Sybil Dosty, a three by Danielle Orsillo and a layup by Briann January tied the game up at 9-9.

The game was tied at 12-12 about halfway through the first half, before Oklahoma used a 10-0 run to take control of the game. Sophomore Carlee Roethlisberger scored seven of the ten Oklahoma points during that stretch. A three by Dymond Simon snapped the run and gave ASU their first points in over three minutes.

A Simon layup and a free throw cut the lead to 24-22, but that would be as close the Devils would get the rest of the way. Courtney Paris scored 7 of her team's 13 points the rest of the half and Oklahoma led 37-28 at the break.

The Paris' sisters scored the first 6 points of the second half and gave the second-ranked Sooners a 43-28 lead. ASU didn't score for the first 3:30 minutes of the second half, before a three by Briann January cut the lead to 12.

Becca Tobin's layup with 13:30 to play capped a 7-0 run and cut the lead to 43-35, but a three by Nyeshia Stevenson pushed Oklahoma's lead back up to double digits at 46-35.

ASU kept hanging around, but couldn't stop Courtney Paris. A Sybil Dosty layup cut the lead to 7 with 10:15 to play, but Paris scored the next four points to push the lead back to 11.

The Devils would never get within 11 the rest of the way and Oklahoma held on for a 13 point victory and advanced to the WNIT Championship Game.

Paris broke the Sooner scoring record with 2:02 left to play in the game. The senior took an inbounds pass from Danielle Robinson, pivoted and scored.

Dymond Simon led the way with 14 points for ASU and Lauren Lacey and Briann January each added 12.

"I'm disappointed in our team," Turner Thorne said. "We were extremely undisciplined and that is not representative of Sun Devil basketball. We really don't practice those shots."


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