Monday, April 6, 2009
Paris stands behind $64K guarantee
ESPN.com news services
Oklahoma star Courtney Paris insists she'll keep her money-back promise -- Sunday's 61-59 loss to Louisville notwithstanding.
"I do make good on the guarantee," Paris said after the national semifinal game. "Not today, though. Obviously, I don't have $64,000 waiting, but I do make good on it."
Paris finished her four-year career without ever playing in a national championship game. In fact, it was her first trip to the Final Four.
Still, her name dots the record book. She is the NCAA's best rebounder of all time and the first player to block at least 100 shots in each of her four seasons as a Sooner.
True to her consistent play, Paris, whose father is former NFL offensive lineman Bubba Paris, recorded another double-double Sunday -- 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Her NCAA-record double-double streak ended at 112 games on Feb. 2, finishing an unbelievable run that started in December of her freshman year.
In a speech on senior night last month, Paris said that if the Sooners didn't win the title she'd give back her scholarship money, valued at close to $64,000.
"I have a passion for our fans and university, and I want to do something special," Paris said, according to The Oklahoman. "That's why I put my scholarship on the table. I meant what I said."
On Sunday, Louisville's Angel McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds, helping the Cardinals crawl out of an early hole to beat Oklahoma.
"When you're good enough and don't do something, then you have to take accountability for that and that's your own fault," Paris said last month. "We can win a national championship. If we don't, I'll feel like I didn't earn my scholarship."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.