ST. LOUIS — For a second Sunday night, you thought the shot was true. You thought Nyeshia Stevenson’s open-court 3-pointer would fall through the net and become a buzzer-beater for the ages. You thought Courtney Paris’ college career would last one game longer. That’s a lot of thinking for maybe one second. The blink of an eye, really. About how long the Paris sisters feel their college careers lasted. "It does seem like it goes by so fast,” Courtney said. "You wish you could have done more.” There she goes again, taking the weight of the world upon her shoulders. Courtney did plenty. Just not quite enough. Stevenson’s shot bounced off the rim and became the $64,000 miss. The buzzer sounded, Louisville had beaten Oklahoma 61-59 in the women’s Final Four at Scottrade Center and Paris’ money-back guarantee of an NCAA championship will be put to the test. She shouldn’t have to pay up, of course. Paris was a fabulous player and fabulous ambassador for the Sooners, and that was no different Sunday night, when she was valiant in the effort and classy in defeat. "What they’ve done for our program is remarkable,” OU coach Sherri Coale said of the Paris sisters. "No one should let their final game define them.” True. In fact, let’s not hold Courtney’s vow to bring an NCAA title back to Norman against her. Uttered in the emotion of Senior Night, it had little basis in reality, not with King Conn waiting in the finals. But making the championship game was a reasonable goal, and OU could have aced that one. Louisville won because on a cold-shooting night for both teams, it made one more basket, 22-21. The ’Ville started the game 0-for-13, but the Sooners started the second half 2-for-15, and much of that could be placed on Courtney’s absence. Fourteen seconds into the second half, Courtney was whistled for her third foul — a call that came from a ref stationed at Busch Stadium — and she sat for three minutes. OU withered without her. Courtney finished with typical imposing numbers — 16 points and 16 rebounds. The Sooners had played well for a stretch in the first half without their franchise center. But not in the second half. When Paris went to the bench, OU led 34-25. When she returned, it was 35-35. "Louisville was playing a lot harder and lot more physical” in the second half, Coale said. "Courtney’s presence is the first way we battle that physicality and that toughness.” Louisville scored three baskets off offensive rebounds in those three minutes with Courtney on the bench. "A momentum snapper for us,” said Ashley Paris. So it was a new ballgame, down to the wire, and Louisville wrestled control. Paris’ final basket as a Sooner came with eight seconds left, with a nifty catch off a Stevenson pass. That drew OU within 60-59, and when Louisville’s Candyce Bingham made just one of two foul shots with 7.6 seconds left, the Sooners had a chance. And when Stevenson launched her shot, Courtney’s college career had either 40 minutes or one second left. "I thought it was a great shot,” Paris said. "Rim to rim and came out. I thought it was really courageous of her to be willing to take that big shot. It just didn’t go in.” And just like that, the game, the guarantee, the career, was over. "We’ve enjoyed this era, and Courtney and Ashley have done some phenomenal things for our program,” Coale said. "Some things that will live on for a long, long time.” Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.