OU sweeps Texas with 61-54 win in Austin

Courtney Paris, who finished with another double-double, set three new records in the win.

Coutney Paris' first trip to Austin will go down as a memorable one.

Not only did the Sooners' freshman center help her team to a 61-54 win and season-sweep of the Longhorns, she set three records in the process.

Paris, who recorded her 18th consecutive double-double with 20 points and 20 rebounds, set a Big 12 single-season mark for rebounds (390) and school single-season records for blocks (80) and offensive rebounds (128).

As for the game, the Sooners struggled again committing 21 turnovers, but held the Longhorns to their fourth-lowest scoring output of the season and just 31.8 percent shooting from the field.

"We were really lucky to win, really lucky," said OU coach Sherri Coale. "Texas defended us differently than they did in Norman. They didn't do the usual Texas thing — deny every passing lane and defend every pass, man to man. They didn't concede what we like to do — penetrate and kick it out. We are at our best when we do that, and they didn't let us.

"Against Courtney (Paris) tonight, they brought up baseline help, and it forced our feeders to make some bad, slow decisions. We had bad timing, and were worried about the help coming. But, it was our defense in the final minutes that got the win for us."

Oklahoma led by as many as nine points with 3:09 left in the first half but led by only two, 31-29, at halftime. Texas got two buckets to begin the second and take a brief 34-31 lead in the second half, but the Sooners responded and pushed the lead to 45-39 when Leah Rush converted a four-point play after she was fouled after making a 3-pointer.

Texas would later cut the lead to 54-50 with 2:48 left, but Britney Brown responded with a jumper at the free throw line and OU then hit five free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

"Give Oklahoma credit," said Texas coach Jody Conradt. "No one has been able to beat them in the conference, and this is a conference which has prided itself on parity."

With the win, the Sooners improved to 22-4 overall and 12-0 in Big 12 play. They now have a four-game lead over Baylor, Texas A&M and Missouri with four games to go. Texas fell to 6-6 in conference play and 12-11 overall.

Oklahoma can clinch the Big 12 regular season title with a win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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