Paris, Sooners hang on for win over Tech

Courtney Paris scored 17 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots in OU's 63-57 win. (AP Photo)

In a very hard-fought game, the 16th ranked OU women's basketball team beat Texas Tech 63-57 in front of 5,842 fans Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners won the game on the defensive end holding the Lady Raiders to 29.7 percent shooting on 64 shots. The Lady Raiders also did not help their cause hitting only 56 percent of their free throws (14-25).

Oklahoma was led by freshman sensation Courtney Paris with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Paris was outstanding in the game also dishing out four assists and blocking seven shots.

Junior guard Erin Higgins got rolling early by hitting a couple of three's to finish with 13 points and five rebounds for the game. Higgins finished with three 3-pointers in the game.

Junior forward Leah Rush was outstanding on the defensive end holding Raider star LaToya Davis to just 13 points and five rebounds. Rush also had seven points and six rebounds. Alesha Robertson led the way for the Lady Raiders with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Sooner point guard Britney Brown and Kendra Moore did an outstanding job on Lady Raider super point guard Erin Grant. Grant is one of the top five point guards in the country and Brown and Moore held her to just nine points, and even more amazing to just one assist.

Brown was very good on defense and finished with a solid offensive game of nine points and two rebounds. Moore was outstanding on defense and had two points and two boards.

OU outrebounded the Lady Raiders 52-40. The Sooners had 10 blocked shots in the game.

OU is now 14-4 and leading the Big 12 Conference at 4-0, but they Sooners will face their toughest challenge yet when they travel to Waco Saturday night to take on the defending National Champion Baylor.

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