Sooners' Paris earns spot on All-America team again

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Oklahoma center Courtney Paris (3) took a shot against Southeast Missouri State forward Missy Whitney (15) and center Lachelle Lyles in an NCAA tournament game. (SUE OGROCKI ~ Associated Press)

Courtney Paris has been the model of consistency in her college career. It's something she learned growing up.

"Ever since eighth grade, I was always annoyed when a girl would score five points one game and then 20 the next," Paris said. "I always wanted to be consistent, so when I got to Oklahoma, I considered it my job."

The Oklahoma center has done just that, racking up 61 straight games with double-figure scoring and rebounding and becoming the first player selected her first two years for The Associated Press All-America team in women's basketball.

"It's a big honor to me," said Paris, the 6-foot-4 daughter of former NFL lineman Bubba Paris. "I'm really excited. When you're younger you dream of getting to college and becoming an All-American. To know people voted you in is really special."

North Carolina senior Ivory Latta also was a first-team repeater from last year.

Also chosen were Tennessee sophomore Candace Parker, who was a second-team selection last season; Duke senior Lindsey Harding, who helped lead the Blue Devils to a perfect 29-0 record in the regular season, and Ohio State senior Jessica Davenport.

"I wouldn't want to play against them," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.


The 2006-07 Associated Press women's All-America basketball team with school, height, class and key regular-season statistics, followed in parentheses by first-team votes and points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis by a 50-member national media panel:FIRST TEAM

Candace Parker, Tennessee, 6-4, sophomore, 19.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.8 blocks, 1.9 steals, .520 fg pct (49 first-place votes, 248 points).

Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, sophomore, 23.6 ppg, 16.2 rpg, 3.5 blocks, .567 fg pct (46, 242).

Lindsey Harding, Duke, 5-8, senior, 14.0 ppg, 3.9 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 steals (44, 234).

Ivory Latta, North Carolina, 5-6, senior, 16.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, 98 3-pointers, 1.6 steals, .841 ft pct (38, 218).

Jessica Davenport, Ohio State, 6-5, senior, 20.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.8 blocks, .599 fg pct (20, 188).


Sylvia Fowles, LSU, 6-6, junior, 17.2 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 1.9 blocks, .578 fg pct (20, 182).

Candice Wiggins, Stanford, 5-11, junior, 16.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 steals, 75 3-pointers (9, 141).

Crystal Langhorne, Maryland, 6-2, junior, 15.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, .721 fg pct (6, 135).

Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, 6-1, sophomore, 21.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.2 steals, .506 fg pct (6, 78).

Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee, 5-11 senior, 22.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 3.0 steals, .515 fg pct (5, 72).


Katie Gearlds, Purdue, 6-1, senior, 18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 74 3-pointers, .893 ft pct (2, 67).

Erlana Larkins, North Carolina, 6-1, junior, 13.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.2 steals, .552 fg pct (65).

Alison Bales, Duke, 6-7, senior, 11.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 blocks, 1.9 apg (1, 58).

Armintie Price, Mississippi, 5-9 senior, 18.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.8 steals (2, 49).

Tasha Humphrey, Georgia, 6-3, junior, 16.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, .506 fg pct (1, 44).


(In alphabetical order)

Matee Ajavon, Rutgers; Meredith Alexis, James Madison; Kimberly Beck, George Washington; Essence Carson, Rutgers; Tina Charles, Connecticut; Marissa Coleman, Maryland; Dee Davis, Vanderbilt; Jessica Dickson, South Florida.

Natalie Doma, Idaho State; Shay Doron, Maryland; Krystal Ellis, Marquette; A'Quonesia Franklin, Texas A&M; Kamesha Hairston, Temple; Devanei Hampton, California; Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga; Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee.

Charde Houston, Connecticut; Tiffany Jackson, Texas; Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky; Jackie McFarland, Colorado; Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State; Renee Montgomery, Connecticut; Carrie Moore, Western Michigan; Mandy Morales, Montana.

Bernice Mosby, Baylor; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Allie Quigley, DePaul; Jillian Robbins, Tulsa; Adrianne Ross, TCU; Brooke Smith, Stanford; Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt; Ashley Walker, California.

Marcedes Walker, Pittsburgh; Abby Waner, Duke; Emily Westerberg, Arizona State; Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue; Dani Wright, BYU.

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