Courtney Paris had 32 points and 13 rebounds for her 53rd straight double-double and No. 13 Oklahoma overcame shaky foul shooting to pull away late and beat host Kansas, 76-70, last night.
Oklahoma (21-4, 11-3 Big 12) entered the game tied with Texas A&M and Baylor for the conference lead. However, the last-place Jayhawks (9-18, 3-11) trailed only 62-60 when Kelly Kohn hit a three-pointer with 3 minutes 24 seconds to go.
Oklahoma had never led by more than four against the smaller, quicker home team until Ashley Paris hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-57 a moment earlier.
But after Kohn's three-pointer, Erin Higgins immediately answered with a three-pointer for the Sooners, who were just 2 for 10 from beyond the arc. Then, after Courtney Paris rebounded a Kansas miss, Amanda Thompson banked home a 12-footer and the Sooners had a 67-60 lead en route to their ninth straight victory over the Jayhawks.
Courtney Paris also had three assists, making her the first Big 12 player with 1,300 points, 900 rebounds, 200 blocked shots and 200 assists.
· BAYLOR 75, COLORADO 67:In Boulder, Colo., Angela Tisdale scored 19 points and Bernice Mosby added 15 as the No. 14 Lady Bears pulled away late from the Lady Buffs.
Baylor (24-4, 11-3 Big 12) has won five straight and nine of its last 10. The Lady Bears remained in a first-place tie with Oklahoma and Texas A&M, who both won last night.
Colorado (11-15, 5-9) has now lost 22 straight games to ranked opponents. The Lady Buffs haven't beaten a top 25 team since a 69-59 win over Baylor (then-No. 24) on Jan. 7, 2004.
Mosby, the second-leading scorer in the league with a 17.9-point average, struggled with her shot, hitting just 6 of 19 from the field. She also had 11 rebounds for her 25th double-double in 28 starts for the Lady Bears. Rachel Allison finished with 12 points.
Baylor came into the game ranked first in the nation in blocked shots per game (7.8) and had five against Colorado.
· TEXAS A&M 67, TEXAS TECH 51:Morenike Atunrase had 18 points and five rebounds to lift the No. 16 Aggies to the victory over the visiting Lady Raiders.
Atunrase was 5 of 8 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Danielle Gant added 13 points and seven rebounds, while A'Quonesia Franklin had 11 points and seven rebounds for Texas A&M (21-5, 11-3 Big 12). La Toya Micheaux led the Aggies with 13 rebounds.
Jordan Murphree had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Texas Tech (15-13, 6-8).
· NOTRE DAME 73, GEORGETOWN 48:In South Bend, Ind., Melissa D'Amico scored 15 points to lead four Fighting Irish players in double figures.
Notre Dame (19-8, 10-4 Big East) took a 20-2 lead midway through the first half and cruised to their sixth straight victory. The Irish have won 10 conference games 11 times in their 12 seasons in the Big East.
The Hoyas (12-15, 2-12) were led by Kate Carlin's 15 points. Georgetown is 0-11 all-time in South Bend.
· NAVY 65, AMERICAN 48:In their final home game, three seniors scored in double figures to lead the Midshipmen.
Carly Meyer scored 14 points, Kate Hobbs had 13 and Margaret Knap added 10 as Navy (11-16, 5-8) moved into a fourth-place tie with the Eagles (10-18, 5-8) and Lafayette in the Patriot League standings. Meyer added nine rebounds.
Nicole Ryan led American with 24 points.