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Oklahoma's Courtney Paris sets NCAA rebounding record

Oklahoma center breaks the Division I record of 1,815 career rebounds set by Wanda Ford of Drake from 1983 to 1986.

February 09, 2009|Associated Press

STILLWATER, OKLA. — The end of Courtney Paris' double-double streak has not stopped her from setting other records.

The senior center broke the NCAA Division I rebounding record and set two Big 12 scoring marks in leading No. 2 Oklahoma to a 93-75 victory over rival Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Paris had 17 points and eight rebounds, with her first board breaking the record of 1,815 set by Wanda Ford of Drake from 1983 to 1986. Danielle Robinson added 18 points and Oklahoma, 20-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big 12, extended its winning streak to 16 games.

Big 12 scoring leader Andrea Riley had 25 points for Oklahoma State (14-7, 3-5), but struggled with her shot, finishing six for 23 from the field.

Paris finished the game with 1,823 career rebounds. In the second half, she broke the Big 12 career scoring record of 2,480 points, set by Baylor's Sophia Young from 2003 to 2006, and Young's Big 12 field goals record of 1,034. Paris has 2,481 points and 1,037 field goals.

"The rebounding one I've known about for a while," Paris said. "I take a lot of pride in rebounding. I'm sure that when Wanda Ford broke the record, she hoped someone else would and I hope someone else will too and that our sport keeps getting better."

Paris, of San Jose, finished without a double-double for the second consecutive game after recording an NCAA-record streak of 112 straight, leading her to joke that "I'm in a slump."

Oklahoma maintained its lead in conference play over Baylor and Kansas State, each of which has two league losses.

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