Paris, Sooners make history in Lubbock

Paris recorded triple-double and broke the NCAA single-season freshman rebounding record, as the Sooners (26-4) completed the first perfect 16-0 regular season in Big 12 women's history with a 60-59 win over Texas Tech Wednesday night in Lubbock. (AP Photo/Joe Don Buckner)

Courtney Paris made history in Oklahoma's 60-59 win Wednesday night in Lubbock, but so did her teammates.

With the win, the 9th-ranked Sooners (26-4) became the first women's team in the history of the Big 12 to finish with a perfect 16-0 regular season record, while Paris broke the all-time NCAA single-season freshman rebounding record.

Paris, who finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and Big 12 single-game record 10 blocks, has now pulled down 445 rebounds in her freshman season. The previous record was 443, which was set by Ida Johnson of Delta State in 1981-82.

The Sooners led 37-26 at halftime and opened up a 17-point early in the second half, but the Lady Raiders battled back and eventually took a 57-56 lead with 2:32 to go.

However, Oklahoma responded on the next possession by working the ball inside to Paris, who was fouled and then calmly sank two free throws that put the Sooners back on top. Up to that point, the freshman phenom was just 2-for-12 from the free throw line for the game.

The Sooners stopped Tech on their next possession, and then Leah Rush hit a baseline jumper that gave OU a 60-57 lead with 1:36 to go.

Tech would have a chance to tie the game at the end, but tough perimeter defense by Oklahoma forced a missed 3-point shot, which was rebounded and putback for a basket at the buzzer to cut the lead to 60-59.

Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp, coaching in her final home game after 24 seasons in Lubbock, wanted a foul on Paris on the final play, but didn't get the call.

In addition to their perfect regular season record, the Sooners pushed their win streak to 14 games and tied a school record with 12 road wins.

The winning streak is the second-longest in school history, and OU's four-game conferece lead to end the season marked the widest margin in conference history.

As for Paris, she pushed her double-double streak to 22 games and became just the third Sooner in school history to record a triple-double.

Oklahoma will play in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament at Reunion Arena in Dallas next Wednesday at 12 p.m.

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