Dec. 30, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -Courtney Paris scored a school-record 43 points and grabbed 25 rebounds, helping No. 8 Oklahoma bounce back from its only loss with a 80-58 win over New Mexico on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore All-America center had her way against the Lobos, breaking the Oklahoma single-game scoring record of 40 points, set by Phyleshia Whaley against Arkansas in March 1999. She recorded the third-best rebounding game in school history.
Her 43 points were the highest total in NCAA Division I this season. The previous high was 41, by Carrie Moore of Western Michigan against Detroit.
Paris joined Baylor's Danielle Cockrum as the only Big 12 Conference player ever to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Cockrum did it against Texas A&M in January 2001. Paris also set a Big 12 record for field goals in a game, finishing 20-of-26.
Oklahoma (10-1) has beaten New Mexico (10-3) three times in the last two seasons, this time ending the Lobos' nine-game winning streak. Oklahoma had had its 23-game regular-season winning streak snapped by a loss to Ohio State on Dec. 20.
Paris had 20 points and 13 rebounds while staking Oklahoma to a 34-24 halftime lead and scored 17 of the Sooners' first 19 points to start the second half. She passed Whaley's record with 5:52 left.
Paris completed her 39th straight double-double with 4:18 left in the first half, the second time this season she's had a first-half double-double and the sixth time in her career.
Paris could've scored more points than the Lobos had she not gone 2-of-8 from the free-throw line. She shot 3-of-10 for the game.
Oklahoma never trailed. The Sooners held New Mexico scoreless for more than five minutes while building a 16-8 lead, and after the Lobos pulled within 18-16, Oklahoma used a 14-4 spurt to extend its margin to 32-20.
In the second half, Oklahoma scored the first 10 points to go ahead 46-26. New Mexico came within 51-43 with 12:35 left, but a 14-2 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Jenna Plumley and Erin Higgins, put the Sooners back up by 20.
Plumley was the only other Oklahoma player to score in double figures, coming off the bench to finish with 11 points. Amanda Thompson added 11 rebounds for Oklahoma, which outrebounded the Lobos 53-31. New Mexico entered the game with a plus-5.2-rebound margin this season.