Sooners Slip By Wildcats

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Courtney Paris scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half and No. 11 Oklahoma rallied from a dismal start to beat No. 15 Kansas State 68-65 Wednesday night.

Paris also had 10 rebounds for her 85th straight double-double, and twin sister Ashley had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma, which has won 23 straight against the Big 12 North. Danielle Robinson added 12 points and the Sooners shot 51 percent to beat Kansas State for the fifth straight time.

Kansas State (18-7, 10-2) jumped out to a 10-point first-half lead, watched it dissipate quickly with poor shooting in the second, then clawed its way back to make it close down the stretch.

The Wildcats pulled to 66-65 on a hard drive by Kimberly Dietz with just over a minute left, but Ashley Paris hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game. Kansas State missed on two 3-pointers in the closing seconds, then Courtney Paris stole the inbound pass on the Wildcats' last play.

Ashley Sweat scored 25 points, Marlies Gipson 13 and Shalee Lehning had nine assists for Kansas State, which shot 36 percent and was outscored 44-22 inside.

Oklahoma (19-5, 9-3) saw its 10-game winning streak end with a lopsided loss to Baylor on Sunday - its second to the Bears this season - and the effects seemed to carry over early against Kansas State.

The Sooners had eight turnovers in the first 7 1/2 minutes, most on careless passes in or out of the post, causing coach Sherri Coale to spend most of the first half arms folded, glaring at her players. She was particularly disturbed after Ashley Paris threw an outlet pass straight out of bounds, rubbing both hands on her face, folding her arms and mouthing ``wow'' while shaking her head.

The Sooners had 13 turnovers by halftime - five below their season average - with Courtney Paris getting six.

But after a relatively quiet first half, the Paris sisters started to take over on the second, powering their way past the smaller Wildcats.

Ashley hit a pair of shots inside to start the second half, then Courtney went to work, scoring on a pair of putbacks during a 14-3 opening run that cut Kansas State's lead to 42-41. Jenna Plumley followed with a steal and a pull-up 3-pointer to give Oklahoma its first lead.