Oklahoma women: Ashley Paris changes game

By John Helsley Modified: October 23, 2008 at 12:44 am •  Published: October 23, 2008
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/> Danielle Robinson, Amanda Thompson, Jenny Vining and Nyeshia Stevenson all have returned to raves about their shooting after so-so shooting efforts a year ago.

OU’s best bet for perimeter production could come from a freshman, Whitney Hand, who made 108 3-pointers at Fort Worth’s Liberty Christian High last winter.

"I don’t think there’s any question that if Oklahoma found any kind of consistent perimeter play, shooting wise,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly, "they would be almost unguardable.”

Said Ashley: "If making a perimeter shot was a problem last year, it won’t be this year.”

Not with another Erin Higgins in the house.

"Wow, she said that?” Courtney said when informed of sister’s claim. "OK... yeah, I’m going to second that, too.”

So maybe Ashley won’t fire from way out, as Higgins often did. But she will fire when necessary.

"I’m pretty confident,” Ashley said. "I don’t think we’ll need me to take those shots this year. I don’t think that will be a primary thing for me.

"But if I have to, I’m more than willing.”

OU coach Sherri Coale notices the difference in Ashley, and not just weight wise.

"You get in the gym and you work and you work and you work and you do things you didn’t think you could do,” Coale said. "You run a seven-minute mile, which you didn’t think was possible, and you stand a little bit taller and your shoulders are a little straighter and you think you can do more. And the canvas just opens for you.

"That’s where I see her right now. Her world is so much bigger in her mind than it has ever been before. And her capabilities have the possibility to make that stretch.”


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