Thursday, November 29, 2007
After further review, Paris has double-double streak restored
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma center Courtney Paris'
double-doubles streak is still intact after all.
The streak had ended at 64 games when she got only eight
rebounds against Mississippi State last week in Cancun, Mexico. But
a review of the game video credited her with two more defensive
rebounds, keeping the two-year streak alive.
"I think it's cool. If I got the rebounds, then it's cool that
it's counted," Paris said after practice Thursday. "But it's
never really been something I was too caught up in."
Paris said her teammates told her they wished they would have
missed one extra shot or blocked out a little harder to give her
the chance at the extra rebounds.
"It made me appreciate it more," she said. "It was kind of
cool to be a part of that when it ended. I always wondered since
people talked so much about it, what would it be like when it
ended? It was cool, it was awesome and it made me want to work
harder for my teammates."
Paris' last game without reaching double figures in points and
rebounds was Dec. 3, 2005, against Oral Roberts. She had 19 points
and only five rebounds while limited to 13 minutes because of foul
trouble in the eighth game of her college career.
Combined with her 19-point, 22-rebound performance against North
Texas earlier this week, the reigning national player of the year's
streak now stands at 66 games.
There's no official NCAA record for consecutive double-doubles
in women's college basketball, but the longest streak among men is
40 straight games by North Carolina's Billy Cunningham from
Paris' streak is twice as long as Oscar Robertson's longest -- a
33-game run from 1958-60.
"The double-double streak is not what I play for, but it was
kind of cool to get that feeling," she said. "It made me nervous,
like this thing's a big deal even though I don't feel like it's a
Paris, who set the NCAA season rebounding mark with 539 in the
2005-06 season, wasn't the only one whose stats were changed. The
original box score from the Mississippi State game showed Oklahoma
with a 34-32 rebounding edge, but the new one had the Sooners
outrebounding the Bulldogs 38-30. Oklahoma was credited with three
additional missed shots and Mississippi State had one additional
In all, 36 errors became known after the statistics kept for
Oklahoma's radio broadcast didn't add up with those on the box
score. Both schools agreed upon the changes, including one
Mississippi State basket that was scored as a make and should have
been a miss, and one that was scored as a miss when it was actually
"You want it to be legitimate one way or the other," Sooners
coach Sherri Coale said. "In many ways, it's great that it
happened the way that it did, because it makes you stop and take
stock of how tough it is to do and how special it is while you're
in the middle of it."