Courtney Paris returned to her home state in dominating fashion Tuesday night leading No. 3 Oklahoma (4-0) past No. 21 UCLA (2-2), 77-68.
Paris, a native of Piedmont, Calif., was saddled with foul trouble in the first half but still managed to record her 32nd-straight double-double with a season-high 24 points and 17 rebounds.
The Sooners and Bruins were tied at 23 with 5:53 to go, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch, a layup by Nyeshia Stevenson and a another 3 by Rush accounted for an 11-2 run gave that OU their largest first half lead (34-25) en route to a 36-29 lead.
But that's when Paris took over scoring 16 second half points, including seven straight at one point as Oklahoma pushed their lead to 21 points midway through the second half.
In all, Paris was 10-for-14 from the field and 4-for-7 from the free throw line. She also had her double-double streak in check by the 13:51 mark of the second half.
Oklahoma shot 50.9 percent from the floor and an impressive 9-for-16 from 3-point range, while holding UCLA to just 38.7 percent shooting. The Sooners also outrebounded the Bruins 40-29.
Rush, who played all 40 minutes, and Welch were the only Sooners to join Paris in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively.
With the win, Oklahoma stretched their regular season winning streak to 18 games and regular season road streak to 10 straight wins.
The Sooners, who have won three straight now on the road this season, will get a week off before traveling to Beaumont, Texas for a matchup with Lamar next Wednesday.
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