Oklahoma forward Ashley Paris missed her first seven field-goal attempts against Georgia Tech, and most were wide-open looks or point-blank range. "Just blew it,” said Paris, who finally hit a shot three minutes into the second half. "I just blew it. Fortunately, Whitney (Hand) and Danielle (Robinson) were able to score consistently and pick up for me, but I just blew wide-open lay-ups.” Paris finished with a season-high 16 rebounds but was still bothered by her shooting. "I think I was just rushing it,” she said.
THOMPSON PLAYS SPARINGLYAmanda Thompson played only three minutes Tuesday night, but with the Sooners in control much of the game, they didn’t need her to play more. "They were doing fine,” she said. "I was like, ‘You all take it.’” Hobbled recently by a foot injury, Thompson didn’t limp during her time on the court.
MILESTONE NIGHTIn beating Georgia Tech, OU notched win No. 30. It’s the third time in program history that the Sooners have reached that plateau. The other two seasons — 2002 and 2006.
ABI’S CONTRIBUTIONSWith Courtney Paris facing first-half foul trouble, Abi Olajuwon played some important minutes. The junior reserve came up with one point and two rebounds, but more than that, she held her own against Georgia Tech center Sasha Goodlett. "She did the same thing Sunday night,” Robinson said of Olajuwon. "Grabbed some great boards for us. Played some great defense. That’s what we need.”
COURTNEY MOVES UPParis had six blocks against Georgia Tech, moving into third place in NCAA history. With 434 career blocks, she is tied with former Duke center Alison Bales.
BIG 12 BOOSTERSThe Big 12 Conference has four teams in the Sweet 16 — OU, Baylor, Texas A&M and Iowa State. Sooner coach Sherri Coale couldn’t be prouder. "We become each other’s biggest fans as soon as that bracket comes up,” she said. "As soon as our game’s over, we’re running to see how Iowa State did, we’re running to see how Kansas State did. "We want the Big 12 Conference to win and win and win.” By Jenni Carlson