The graduateThere’s one more way to describe Courtney Paris — graduate. Oklahoma’s star center is out of school. She completed her final class, an eight-week session, last Monday. "I don’t know what to do with myself, just worrying about basketball,” said Paris, a journalism major.
’JACKETS WITHOUT LEADERGeorgia Tech played for the first time Sunday without leading scorer and rebounder Alex Montgomery, who suffered a knee injury in the ACC Tournament. "I took a quote from Kay Yow,” Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said of the legendary coach who recently died. "We could be sad we’re going to the NCAA Tournament without Alex, or we could be happy we’re going to the NCAA Tournament. "Everybody wanted to give more because we know what (Montgomery) has given to us.”
RAMBLING ROETHLISBERGERCarlee Roethlisberger’s dad, Ken, was a high school quarterback in Lima, Ohio. He received a scholarship to Georgia Tech but blew out his knee in the spring game of his freshman year and switched to baseball, pitching for the Rambling Wreck. "He’s a Georgia Tech alumni at heart,” said Carlee Roethlisberger. Does that mean the Sooner reserve’s father will be cheering for Tech tonight? "I would hope not,” she said.
GOOD FOR THE SPORTBall State’s first-round upset of Tennessee on Sunday night knocked the Vols out of the NCAA Tournament before the Sweet 16 for the first time ever. OU coach Sherri Coale said with apologies to Tennessee, its loss was good for the sport. Indeed, one of the charms usually missing from the women’s tournament is a mid-major upset of an elite program like Tennessee. "Share the wealth a little bit,” Coale said.
STRIVING FOR MOREParis is only 14 rebounds from the 2,000th of her career, not that she’s concerned about that milestone. "I’m just thinking about one more win to go to Oklahoma City,” she said of the Sooners’ potential regional destination. BY JENNI CARLSON AND BERRY TRAMEL