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OU’s Paris keeps on doubling her pleasure

December 8, 2006

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— Courtney Paris had 15 points and 16 rebounds - her 35th straight game with a double-double - and No. 3 Oklahoma defeated South Carolina 78-51 on Thursday night to open 7-0 for the third time in six seasons.

While Paris continued her streak that started more than a year ago, it was her lowest point total of the season and well below her average of 22.3 points coming in.

It didn't matter as the Sooners used some accurate long-range shooting to turn a tight game into a runaway.

Oklahoma led 38-28 early in the second half when Leah Rush hit two three-pointers and Erin Higgins added a third. After Paris added an inside bucket, Rush made another long shot to put the Sooners out front, 52-32.

South Carolina did not get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

Oklahoma has won its past 21 regular-season games.

Melanie Johnson and Stacy Booker had 10 points to lead South Carolina (5-4).

Paris came out fast and looked like she'd put this one away herself, easily getting to the basket and drawing two fouls on South Carolina star Iva Sliskovic in the first 38 seconds.

But Paris was kept in check the rest of the half, managing only one field goal and 5 points. She proved a force on the defensive side, though, with eight rebounds and four blocks in the first 20 minutes.

Paris came out after the break and quickly got two close-in baskets and a pair of foul shots in the first three minutes to end any suspense about the streak going forward.

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