CANCUN, Mexico - The Paris sisters proved to be too much for Arizona State to handle. Courtney Paris had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and sister Ashley scored 21 points to help No. 10 Oklahoma win for the first time this season, 69-57 over No. 14 Arizona State on Thursday in the Caribbean Challenge.
“I think people pay a lot of attention to Courtney (Paris) and when that happens, then Ashley (Paris) draws the lesser of the two defenders,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.
“She took that as a challenge tonight and took it right at them. I think (Arizona State) had to redraw their game plan on the interior. A lot of the credit goes to our guards for getting the basketball to the right place at the right time.”
Danielle Robinson added 18 points for Oklahoma (1-2), which opened the season with losses to No. 3 Maryland and No. 1 Tennessee.
“It was great to finally get a win,” said Courtney Paris, who had her 69th double-double in 72 career games. “The entire team was really focused and stuck to the game plan, offensively and defensively, the best we have all season. Our guards were terrific at getting the ball moved to the right position and they were able to open holes in the defense.”
Briann January and Dymond Simon scored 16 points each for the Sun Devils (2-2).
“We’re disappointed in how we played. We were sloppy in the first half, the turnovers did not allow us to get into our defense, in the second half we shot better and put up a fight,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “Credit Oklahoma, but honestly a lot of it was us not playing well. We need to settle down and play hard tomorrow.”
Oklahoma shot 60.6 percent from the floor and took a 40-18 lead with 2:58 left in the first half on Courtney Paris’ basket, and held the Sun Devils without a field goal for nine minutes until Sybil Dosty scored with 1:34 remaining.
ASU closed the first 20 minutes on a 8-4 run to make the score 44-24.
The Sun Devils continued their strong defense in the second half and held Oklahoma without a field goal for nearly 4 minutes to close to 67-54. Robinson scored to end the drought and Oklahoma held on for the 69-57 win.
ASU women vs. Iowa
What: Caribbean Challenge
Where: Cancun, Mexico
When: 2:30 p.m..
TV/radio: None/KAZG (1440 AM)