Sooners win 10th-straight, roll into Sweet 16

Oklahoma advaned to their second consecutive Sweet 16 with a 78-47 win over Marquette Monday night in Austin. Despite missing 12 minutes of the first half with foul trouble, Courtney Paris extended her double-double streak to 60 games with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Sooners will play 7th-seeded Mississippi Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo)

For the second straight game, Oklahoma proved they're more than just star center Courtney Paris. And for the second straight year and sixth time in school history, the Sooners are headed to the Sweet 16.

With Paris on the bench with two fouls just over eight minutes into a tight game against sixth-seeded Marquette, the Sooners closed the first half strong with a 10-1 run and eventually blew out the Golden Eagles, 78-47, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for their 10th-straight win.

However, despite her early foul trouble Paris returned in the second half to score to score 16 of her 24 points. She also pulled down 10 rebounds, which stretched her double-double streak to 60 consecutive games.

Both teams struggled shooting out of the gates and the game was tied at 10-10 at the 11:53 mark when Paris left with her second foul. But the Sooners closed the half strong after the 6-foot-4 center's departure outscoring Marquette 19-10, eight of which were scored by senior Leah Rush, to take a 29-19 half time lead.

Paris returned to begin the second half and it didn't take long for the route to be officially begin, as a Rush jumper 13 seconds in ignited a 13-3 run that broke the game open for good.

The Sooners, who led by as many as 38 points, shot a red-hot 58.6 percent (17-29) from the field in the final 20 minutes, all the while holding the Golden Eagles to 25 percent shooting for the game and their lowest scoring output of the season.

Joining Paris in double figure was Rush, who finished with 10. But not to be forgotten was the play of Ashley Paris, who filled in for her sister and pulled down eight first half rebounds. She finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Paris also reached yet another milestone as she became the first player in the history of the NCAA, women and men, to record 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks for the second consecutive season.

Oklahoma will play the 7th-seeded Mississippi Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. The Rebels (23-10) advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 89-78 win over 2nd-seeded and defending national champion Maryland.

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