Sooners' Coale wins 250th game against A&M

NORMAN, Okla. -- Courtney Paris scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Jenna Plumley broke out of a shooting slump with four 3-pointers and 18 points and No. 10 Oklahoma beat No. 20 Texas A&M 68-55 on Tuesday night.

It was the 83rd double-double in a row for Paris, and the 88th of her career. No men's or women's player in NCAA history can claim as many double-doubles. Wake Forest's Tim Duncan holds the men's record with 87, and there is no official record on the women's side.

After a sloppy first half, the Sooners (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) made 12 of their first 16 shots to start the second half and won after trailing at halftime for only the second time in six tries this season. Sooners coach Sherri Coale got her 250th career victory while keeping Texas A&M's Gary Blair two away from 500.

The win against the defending Big 12 co-champions started a crucial stretch for the Sooners, who face conference leaders Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State in their next three games.

Oklahoma quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit by starting the second half on an 11-0 run, with Plumley's 3-pointer from the right giving the Sooners a 37-32 edge.

Plumley had another 3-pointer in an eight-point surge that Amanda Thompson finished with a jumper in the lane to make it 47-37.

The Aggies responded with back-to-back baskets by A'Quonesia Franklin and Patrice Reado, but Paris and twin sister Ashley Paris scored six straight points to restore a double-digit lead for Oklahoma. Texas A&M (17-7, 5-5) never got closer than 10 after that and had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Reado hit her first six shots and scored 19 points, the second-highest total of her career, to lead Texas A&M. Takia Starks added 13 points with six turnovers, while Danielle Gant and Morenike Atunrase scored 11 apiece.

Plumley, who'd missed all nine of her 3-pointers in Oklahoma's past two games, went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and shook off four first-half turnovers to lead the Sooners in the second half.

Oklahoma had only four turnovers -- none of them by Plumley -- in the second half after committing 17 in the first half against an Aggies defense that leads the Big 12 in takeaways. That led to a much crisper offense.

Freshman point guard Danielle Robinson scored all 15 of her points in the second half, when the Sooners shot 65 percent (17-for-26). Ashley Paris added 10 rebounds.


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