Sooner women coast in final exhibition

Paris Twins combine for 32 points and 21 rebounds in OU's 93-55 win over Missouri Western.

The 3rd-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team coasted to their second exhibition win of the season beating Missouri Western 93-55 Tuesday night in Norman.

The Griffons were within one at 13-12 with 13:45 remaining in the first half, but that was before All-American Courtney Paris made three buckets and three minutes later OU had a 24-14 lead and never looked back.

The Paris Twins were outstanding with Courtney leading the way for the Sooners scoring with 24, while Ashley Paris taking the rebounding honors with 14.. Courtney finished with nine rebounds and Ashley added eight points.

The Sooners got a great spark off the bench from the electric Nyeshia Stevenson, who finished with 18 points and three rebounds. Felllow freshman Amanda Thompson finished with eight points and seven rebounds, five offensive, two assists and one steal.

Senior Leah Rush was solid with 10 points and five boards in just 20 minutes, while senior Erin Higgins finished with nine points. Senior Kendra Moore had a solid game off the bench with four points, three assists and five steals.

Freshman Rose Hammond was outstanding off the bench in just six mintues of work scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.

OU pounded Western Missouri on the boards 53-33, and they shot 47.3 percent from the floor while holding the Griffons' to 33 percent shooting. The Sooners need to improve their free throw shooting, as they only hit 19-of-31 from the stripe.

With the addition of the freshmen class of Thompson, Stevenson, Hammond, Jenna Plumley and Abi Olajuwon, the Sooners are now athletic enough to play with any team in the country when you combine them with the experienced talent already on the team.

OU head coach Sherri Coale can put several different types of teams on the floor, and because of the skill of the freshmen the Sooners are a much better passing team. Thompson may be the best passer on the team and her no-looks will be legendary before she is done.

Plumley is an excellent passer as well who also does a great job with no-looks, which are very important in women's basketball. Leah Rush has always been a good ballhandler and passer, and so is Ashley Paris. Combine that to the hands of Courtney Paris, and the Sooners are a very good ball movement team.

OU will play their first game this Sunday against 19th-ranked DePaul at 2:00 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

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