Big XII Champs: Coale's Sooners do it again

Courtney Paris scored 15 points and grabbed 14 in OU's Big 12 title-clinching 73-54 win over A&M.

The 9th-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team won the Big 12 regular season title outright Saturday night with a 73-54 win over No. 21 Texas A&M.

It is the fourth regular season conference title for OU head coach Sherri Coale and the Sooner program. Under Coale, the Sooners have won the regular season crown in 2000, 2001, 2002 and now 2006.

Leading the way for the Sooners was freshman sensation Courtney Paris, who finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, which was NCAA-leading 19th-straight double-double this season. She also broke the single-season school-record for rebounds and tied her career-high with six assists.

Junior Leah Rush was clutch in the final five minutes grabbing three of her seven rebounds while finishing with 14 points. Chelsi Welch also added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Texas A&M put pressure on the Sooners throughout the game, but point guard Britney Brown scored nine points and dished four assists against only two turnovers, and Kendra Moore also did a good job handling the pressure.

OU shot 44.8 percent for the game and held Texas A&M at 36.2 percent. The Sooners also won the rebounding battle with 46-37.

Paris, playing against a 6-foot-6 center in Lenka Zimova) for the first time, seemed to be bothered by her height. When Texas A&M went big with Zimova and 6-3 La Toya Micheaux in the game at the same time, Paris was slowed at times.

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said it was the first time that he played his two bigs on the floor at the same time this season, but he said that Paris was the best post in the country because of her ability to beat double teams and dominate inside.

The Sooners' (23-4) next goal is to go undefeated in the regular season. They will hit the road on Tuesday to face Kansas State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

OU-Texas A&M Box Score


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