Oklahoma All-American Courtney Paris became the first women’s college basketball player in history to record 2,500 points and 2,000 rebounds in a career. She was four rebounds shy of the mark entering Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. Paris now has 2,005 career rebounds. It is her 19th NCAA record.
THOMPSON PLAYS SPARINGLYSooner forward Amanda Thompson, who started in all but one of OU’s regular-season games, didn’t enter Sunday’s game until the 10:22 mark in the second half. Thompson, who aggravated an old tendon injury in her left foot during the Big 12 Tournament, has been wearing a protective boot in practice. She missed OU’s first-round game against Prairie View A&M and played only 3 minutes against Georgia Tech. She logged just 3 minutes against the Panthers, as well.
HOT SHOOTINGPoor 3-point shooting derailed the Sooners in a loss to Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament. But Sunday, the Sooners had one of their better perimeter shooting performances of the season. Whitney Hand led the way by making 4 of 8 attempts from 3-point range. But she wasn’t the only Sooner with a hot hand. Nyeshia Stevenson connected on 3 of 7 treys, and Carlee Roethlisberger made 1 of 3 attempts. In all, OU made 8 of 21 shots from 3-point range.
OKLAHOMAN SPEAKS TO PITTPittsburgh’s first African-American basketball player, Julius Pegues, was inside the Ford Center on Sunday. Pegues, a lifelong Oklahoman, was valedictorian at Tulsa Washington High School in 1953 before heading to Pitt. He was invited to deliver the pregame speech to the Panthers before Sunday’s game against OU.
AROUND THE WORLDOU has held at least a 21-point lead in each of its three NCAA Tournament games. ... The Sooners recorded their 112th win over the past four years, making them the winningest Big 12 team during that span. ... OU improved to 15-3 all-time playing in Oklahoma City. ... Danielle Robinson became just the third Sooner to record at least 200 assists in a season, joining Stacey Dales (248 in 2001) and Sharee Mitchum (242 in 1994). ... Paris took sole possession of third place on the NCAA’s career blocked shot list, passing Duke’s Alison Bales. BY JAKE TROTTER