Norman, Okla. — Another game, another career night for Courtney Paris.
Playing in just her second collegiate game, the Sooners' 6-foot-4 freshman center from Piedmont, Calif. posted a career-high 20 rebounds in addition to her 19 points in OU's 80-43 win over SMU in the second round of the WNIT Sunday in Norman.
Her 20 rebounds was a WNIT record and was just one short of tying Oklahoma's single-game record. She also recorded a career-high five blocks.
"Courtney's (Paris) presence is impactful on both sides of the floor," said OU head coach Sherri Coale, whose Sooners are off to a 2-0 start for the sixth time during her tenure in Norman.
"To me, the greatest difference is the fact that we can play the post on-on-one which we have never been able to do. When another team has an outstanding post player, Courtney can cover them and the other four players don't have to defend because we are fine. That really forced SMU to option B, maybe even option C."
"She's a freshman, and you want to challenge her, and she withstood the challenge," said SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola. "Yeah, she got an offensive foul the first time down, but a player like that you just want to see how they react, and you think she passed with flying colors."
The Sooners, who outrebounded the Mustangs 66-30, started the game with a 17-0 run and never looked back.
"I thought we really competed and early on we were outstanding," said Coale. "Second half got really really ugly, but in first half we executed, we defended and we had a huge advantage going into halftime on the boards."
"They're not a good team, they're a great team," Rompola said. "I know right now they're ranked 25, but that's a team you're going to see jump in the polls. They'll certainly get my vote."
The Sooners will meet the winner of Sunday's nights California-New Mexico matchup in the next round of the WNIT on Wednesday. If Cal wins, Wednesday's game will be played in Norman, but should New Mexico win the game will take place in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Paris does it again in OU's win over SMU
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