In a tremendous display of inside power, the 13th-ranked Oklahoma (16-4, 6-0) whipped the Lady Longhorns (10-7, 4-3) 75-57 in front of a great crowd of 7,600 screaming Sooner fans at the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday night.
The win put the Sooners in a solid position in first place of the Big 12 Conference, and unless somebody slows them down soon the Sooners look to be on their way to winning the Big 12 title.
"They have been able to get off to such a great start that if somebody doesn't beat them soon then maybe nobody will be able to catch them," said legendary Texas women's coach Jody Conradt. "There is still a lot of basketball to be played, but I am afraid that the South will beat itself up a little bit. And if nobody stops Oklahoma soon, then nobody else is going to be able to get on a run to keep them from winning. Oklahoma has certainly put themselves in a great position."
The twins were just too much for the Lady Longhorns tonight. Player of the Year candidate Courtney Paris dominated scoring a career-high 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Paris' 32 points also tied a freshman single-game scoring high, which previously set by LaNeishea Caufield against Missouri in 1999. The double-double was the 12th straight for 'CP3'.
Paris was joined by her twin sister, Ashley, who played her best game as a Sooner finishing with a double-double of her own — 11 points and 11 rebounds.
All the while, the Sooners held Texas All-American Tiffany Jackson to just 11 points and nine rebounds. OU outrebounded Texas 45-33.
"We went into the game wanting to limit the amount of touches for Tiffany, and I think we did a pretty good job of that," said OU head women's coach Sherri Coale following the game. "Leah (Rush) did a great job on her and then we switched off to Ashley, who also did a great job guarding Jackson.
"We have never had the inside presence here like we do now in Courtney. Ashley showed tonight that she can be a force inside as well. They bring something that we have never had and it is quite a luxury for us."
Junior Britney Brown was outstanding at the point scoring 13 points, dishing out three assists and coming up with two steals. Most importantly, she only had one turnover in 36 minutes.
"Britney was one of our biggest keyes tonight, and I am not sure if anybody noticed it," said Coale. "They were in her hip pocket all night and she didn't turn the ball over and she didn't give away possessions tonight. That was huge for us. We didn't give Texas many free opportunties."
The twins have been invovled in a number of games where they scored double-doubles together, but it is the first time in their collegiate career that they accomplished the feat against such a storied opponent.
"You know every time we play a college team it seems they always have some great story about their program," said Courtney Paris after the game. "I don't think Ashley and I think about that when we take the court. We don't go into saying, "Oh my gosh, we are playing Texas tonight.' We just go into the game thinking it is Oklahoma against Texas, or whoever, and we play for Oklahoma and we need to be as well as we can to help Oklahoma win."
The Sooners were outstanding on the defensive end holding Texas to 38.2 percent, while shooting 48.3 percent on their offensive end.
Oklahoma's next contest will be on the road at Texas A&M at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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