No. 3 Oklahoma Stifles Bears Offense
Dec. 17, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Courtney Paris had 20 points and 13 rebounds - her 37th straight double-double - and No. 3 Oklahoma set a school record for defensive prowess as the Sooners routed Northern Colorado 82-36 on Sunday.
The Sooners extended their regular-season winning streak to 23 games, the longest in NCAA Division I. No. 8 Ohio State, which will visit Oklahoma on Wednesday, had held that distinction until its loss last Sunday to LSU. The Buckeyes are the last team to beat Oklahoma during the regular season - 75-71 on Jan. 9.
Oklahoma (9-0) held Northern Colorado (2-8) of the Big Sky Conference to 22 percent shooting. The Bears, who made 13 of 58 shots, became the third straight Oklahoma opponent to shoot below 30 percent, joining South Carolina (29 percent) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (22 percent).
It's the first time in Oklahoma's 33 seasons of women's basketball that the Sooners have held three straight opponents below 30 percent shooting.
The 36 points scored by Northern Colorado were the fewest allowed by the Sooners since a 105-35 win over Prairie View A&M in December 1991.
Unlike their last game, a 45-point romp over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Sooners started quickly against Northern Colorado, scoring the first 11 points and leading 20-2 after less than 9 1/2 minutes and 42-13 at halftime.
The Bears went scoreless on their first 10 possessions, missing their first nine shots, before Nicole Ford put them on the board about seven minutes into the game. Northern Colorado shot 18 percent in the half.
Oklahoma shot 59 percent before halftime. Coale went deep into her bench, with 11 players seeing action, but that didn't keep the Sooners from building their lead. Oklahoma finished with a 53-30 rebounding edge and recorded assists on 25 of its 34 baskets.
Paris had her double-double 30 seconds into the second half and left the game with 12:09 to go. The Sooners' other four starters had left the game by the 9 1/2-minute mark.
Paris went 9-of-11 from the field one game after tying a single-game school record with a 12-of-13 shooting outing against UAPB.
Amanda Thompson came off the bench to score 12 points for Oklahoma, while Leah Rush and Erin Higgins added 11 points each.
Heather Barbour led Northern Colorado with 12 points.