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OU women's basketball: Courtney sticking by guarantee

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: March 13, 2009 at 11:50 pm •  Published: March 8, 2009
NORMAN — Courtney Paris put her money where her mouth is.

Big time.

Last week during a speech on senior night, Paris guaranteed the Oklahoma women’s basketball team would win a national championship.

And if they didn’t, she’d repay her scholarship.

Even, as she put it, if it took the rest of her life.

"I really want to get this done,” said Paris, whose Sooners travel to No. 15 Texas today for the regular-season finale. OU has already locked up the No. 1 seed for next week’s Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.

"I have a passion for our fans and university, and I want to do something special. That’s why I put my scholarship on the table. I meant what I said.”

Unlike most past guarantees in sports, Paris’ carries a consequence. Paris said she’d pay back her athletic scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, room, board and books.

According to university admissions, that figure comes to roughly $16,000 per year for in-state students and $26,000 for out-of-state students. Paris, raised in California, claims herself as a resident of Oklahoma having lived in the state for four years now.

Essentially, Paris would "owe” close to $64,000 to the university if the Sooners fall short of a national title.

"We’ll win a national championship, so I’m hoping she’s not going to have to pay it back,” said Paris’ sister, Ashley.

No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 15 Texas
→When: 2:30 p.m. today

→Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

→TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox Channel 37)

→Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

Three things to know

The Sooners won the first meeting in Norman 89-69

Texas is reeling, having lost four of its last five

The Longhorns will celebrate Senior Night for seniors Aubrey Cook, Carla Cortijo, Ashley Lindsey and Earnesia Williams.

Probable starters

Oklahoma (26-3, 14-1 Big 12)
Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Reb.
C Courtney Paris 6-4 Sr. 16.1 13.9
F Ashley Paris 6-3 Sr. 13.1 9.6
F Amanda Thompson 6-0 Jr. 7.1 5.1
G Nyeshia Stevenson 5-9 Jr. 9.6 1.6
G Danielle Robinson 5-9 So. 12.9 6.0*
Texas (20-8, 8-7 Big 12)
Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Reb.
C Ashley Lindsey 6-4 Sr. 7.7 4.7
F Brittainey Raven 6-0 Jr. 13.6 3.1
F Earnesia Williams 6-1 Sr. 6.0 4.8
G Ashleigh Fontenette 5-8 Fr. 6.3 2.9
G Carla Cortijo 5-7 Sr. 7.2 4.9*

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