Sooners Send Cougars Home, 86-70
BYU wraps up season with school-record 26 wins.
March 20, 2006
DENVER (AP) - Courtney Paris was practically unstoppable again, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lift Oklahoma to an 86-70 victory Monday night over Brigham Young in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The second-seeded Sooners won their 19th straight and Paris, the 6-foot-4 freshman, had already recorded her 27th straight double-double at halftime.
The win moves Oklahoma (31-4) to the San Antonio Regional semifinals, the first time coach Sherri Coale's team has been there since 2002. The Sooners will play the winner of the later game between Stanford and Florida State.
Britney Brown scored nine points and had 10 assists for OU.
Ambrosia Anderson had 16 points for seventh-seeded BYU (26-6) in her last college game, played up the road from her hometown of Colorado Springs.
But the star was Paris.
With her dad, former 49ers offensive lineman Bubba Paris, watching from the fourth row, Courtney bulled her way through pretty much every defensive set BYU used.
During one sequence midway through the first half, Paris missed two shots while being double-teamed under the basket. But stopping her twice wasn't enough. She fought for the rebound and was fouled on the follow-up, hitting one of two free throws.
Trailing 30-29 with just under three minutes left in the first half, BYU tried a triple-team, but Paris hit a bank shot that began an 8-0 run to end the half.
The Cougars began the second half using one player to guard Paris, who promptly made them pay, scoring OU's first six points to make it 44-30.
Oklahoma took control from there, and BYU never got with striking distance.
Ashley Paris, Courtney's twin sister, finished with five points and seven rebounds.
The Sooners, the first team to go undefeated in the Big 12, haven't lost since Jan. 9 at Ohio State.
Dani Kubick, who had the daunting task of covering Paris for most of the game, finished with 13 points and six rebounds for BYU. Mallary Gillespie also had 16 points for the Cougars.
BYU finished the season with a school-record 26 wins, but still has not made it to the third round since 2002.