Playing some tremendous defense, the 6th-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team pounded Iowa State, 69-49, in front of 6,715 estimated Wednesday night in the Lloyd Noble Center.
OU held Iowa State to just 30.4 percent shooting and forced ISU into a poor 3-point shooting night, as the bombing Cyclones could only hit 7-of-24 from behind the arc. Oklahoma also forced 20 turnovers and come up with an amazing 13 steals.
The Cyclones played mixed zones and a bottled up man around OU All-American Coutney Paris, but the Sooners showed that they are more that the best player in America. Leah Rush made several great shots in the first half to finish with 12 points, while Chelsi Welch did the same finishing with 13. Yet despite her season-low scoring output, Paris got another double-double finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sooners were playing their fourth game in eight days and sixth in 13, so head coach Sherri Coale used her bench. She eventually cleared her bench and didn't play any player over 26 minutes.
Sophomore Ashley Paris was outstanding off the bench playing 23 minutes and scoring six points and grabbing six rebounds. Freshman Amanda Thompson was also outstanding scoring six points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Senior reserve Kendra Moore continued her outstanding play as of late scoring seven points, dishing out two assists and coming up with four steals. Freshman point Jenna Plumley also sparked the Sooners with some great hustle, no-look passing and three steals.
Courteny Paris came up with one of the big plays in the game jumping a passing lane on the defensive end of the floor and dribbling the ball coast-to-coast for her 10th point in the game. Ashley Paris had the second big play on the night hitting a long-range jumper, which was ruled a 2-point basket because her toe was on the line. Then Plumley came up with the third big play when she dove on a ball between two Cyclones forcing a turnover.
Courtney Paris also blocked five shots and tied a career-high with three steals.
The Sooners shot 44.4 percent in the game and outrebounded the taller Cyclones 48-29.
Oklahoma is now 17-1 overall and 7-0 in conference action, while ISU falls to 15-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12.
OU will return to the court Saturday for an 11 a.m. matchup against Texas A&M.
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WBB Final: Oklahoma 69 Iowa State 49
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