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Historic night at the Ford Center

by Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm •  Published: February 3, 2009

I spent Monday night Monday night covering the women’s college basketball game between the OU Sooners and the defending national champions, the Tennessee Lady Vols, at the Ford Center. Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt was going for her 1,000th career win, while OU was trying to prove it deserves to be mentioned among the elite teams in women’s basketball.

OU won the game, 80-70, and history was made that night. Courney Paris’ streak of 112 consecutive double-doubles came to an end when she fouled out of the game with 38.2 seconds left with nine points and 12 rebounds.

I have to give it up to the OU fans. The atmosphere was loud and crazy in the arena.  I also think that the game made more good reaction pictures from the players than any in recent memory.

Some of the photos from the game are below. And you can check out a full gallery from the game here.

OU's Courtney Paris (3) waves to fans after fouling out of the game with 38.2 seconds left in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. Paris finished with 9 points and 12 rebounds, breaking her streak of consecutive double-doubles. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Courtney Paris (3) waves to fans after fouling out of the game with 38.2 seconds left in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. Paris finished with 9 points and 12 rebounds, breaking her streak of consecutive double-doubles. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Courtney Paris (3) waves to fans after fouling out of the game with 38.2 seconds left in the second half of the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. Paris finished with 9 points and 12 rebounds, breaking her streak of 112 consecutive double-doubles. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU's Whitney Hand (25) reacts after a play in front of Tennessee's Alex Fuller (2) and Glory Johnson (25) in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Whitney Hand (25) reacts after a play in front of Tennessee's Alex Fuller (2) and Glory Johnson (25) in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Whitney Hand (25) reacts after a play in front of Tennessee’s Alex Fuller (2) and Glory Johnson (25) in the second half of the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Tennessee's Glory Johnson (25), middle, steals the ball from OU's Jasmine Hartman (45), right, next to Carlee Roethlisberger (10), left, as Tennessee's Briana Bass (1) looks on in the background in the first half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Tennessee's Glory Johnson (25), middle, steals the ball from OU's Jasmine Hartman (45), right, next to Carlee Roethlisberger (10), left, as Tennessee's Briana Bass (1) looks on in the background in the first half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Tennessee’s Glory Johnson (25), middle, steals the ball from OU’s Jasmine Hartman (45), right, next to Carlee Roethlisberger (10), left, as Tennessee’s Briana Bass (1) looks on in the background in the first half of the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU fans hold signs referencing Pat Summitt's attempt at 1000 wins in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. Summitt's record remains at 999 wins. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU fans hold signs referencing Pat Summitt's attempt at 1000 wins in the second half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70. Summitt's record remains at 999 wins. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU fans hold signs referencing Pat Summitt’s attempt at 1,000 wins in the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. OU won, 80-70, keeping Summitt’s record at 999 wins. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU's Danielle Robinson (13) reacts in front of Tennessee's Alicia Manning (15) after a play in the first half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Danielle Robinson (13) reacts in front of Tennessee's Alicia Manning (15) after a play in the first half of the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Danielle Robinson (13) reacts in front of Tennessee’s Alicia Manning (15) after a play in the first half of the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU head coach Sherri Coale, left, and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt hug before the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU head coach Sherri Coale, left, and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt hug before the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU head coach Sherri Coale, left, and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt hug before the women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma and Tennessee at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 2, 2009. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

To check out the full gallery of photos, click here.

-Nate Billings


by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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