Courtney Paris' streak of double-doubles has ended at 112 games but the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 80-70, denyingVols coach Pat Summitt in her first attempt of gaining her 1,000th career win.
Paris fouled out with about 40 seconds left with nine points and 12 rebounds, the first time since December 2005 she didn't register double figures in both points and rebounds. As she walked off the court at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, she waved to the crowd while she received a standing ovation.
Bob Knight said he didn't like seeing the Sooners try to get another bucket for Paris in the final minutes with the game already well in hand. OU even called a timeout with 1:17 to play to set up a play for Paris, but she was unable to get the shot. Brent Musburger noted that the streak has become something more for the fans.
Sooners coach Sherri Coale said the streak for Paris had become "like a cloak she had to carry around ... and believe me she'd rather beat Tennessee" than have the streak continue.
Whitney Hand led the Sooners with 20 points, hitting 8-of-9 from the field, and Danielle Robinson had the double-double with 17 points and 12 assists while thoroughly impressing Knight. And Knight believed Courtney's sister Ashley, who had 19 points, has passed her sister, based on what he saw, as a better player.