Sooners rout Missouri, advance to title game

Courtney Paris (pictured) recorded her 24th-straight double-double as top-seeded Oklahoma advanced to the Big 12 Tournament Championship game with a 75-54 win over Missouri. The Sooners (28-4) will meet Baylor (24-5) in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Two down. One to go.

The Oklahoma women's basketball team took one step closer to the ultimate unbeaten Big 12 season after their dominating 75-54 win over Missouri in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament Thursday in Dallas.

Courtney Paris recorded her 24th-straight double-double — 17 points and 10 rebounds — while her twin sister Ashley Paris finished 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Unlike their quarterfinal win over Iowa State that wasn't settled until the final minute, the top-seeded Sooners wasted no time jumping on the Tigers from the opening tip as they began the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back.

In fact, Missouri's first bucket, which cut the lead to 13-2 with 14:35 to go in the first half, would be the closest they would get to the Sooners all night.

Oklahoma raced to a 46-17 halftime edge and pushed the lead to 63-28 with 10:34 to go in the game. From that point on Mizzou outscored OU 26-12, but it was too little too late.

In all, the Sooners shot 51.6 from the field and outrebounded the Tigers 48-33. In the first half, OU shot a blistering 59.4 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range.

Joining the Paris sisters in double figures was Erin Higgins and Chelsi Welch. Higgins hit four of her six 3-point attempts to finish with 12 points, while Welch added three 3-pointers en route to her 11 point night.

With the win, the Sooners improved to 28-4 and pushed their winning streak to 16 games. They will play second-seeded Baylor (24-5) in the title game at 6 p.m. on Saturday inside Reunion Arena in Dallas.

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