The Tulsa Shock have re-signed center Courtney Paris to a multi-year contract. In 2014, Paris re-signed with the Shock as a free agent for a one-year contract that expired in September. Paris started in all 34 games, averaging a career-high 9.2 points per game and a career-high 10.2 rebounds per game last season.
After finishing the 2014 season ranked first in the league, Paris was named the winner of the WNBA Peak Performer Award for Rebounds. Paris had a total of 347 rebounds, which ranks second in Shock history of most rebounds in a single-season.
“We are thrilled Courtney will continue to call Tulsa home,” said Steve Swetoha, President of the Tulsa Shock. “She is the ultimate professional on and off the court and it is a great feeling to know Courtney will be wearing a Shock uniform for the next several years.”
“Oklahoma has felt like home since my sister and I arrived in Norman back in 2005,” said Courtney Paris, Tulsa Shock Center. “To have the opportunity to stay in Tulsa and continue my basketball career for the next few years couldn't have worked out any better. I believe in the direction of the franchise and I am eager and ready for the opportunity to help it continue to grow. I feel like with the young talent on the team the future is bright in Tulsa and I'm excited to be a part of it.”
Paris scored in double-figures in 17 games and had 13 double-doubles. Paris also shot 57.4 percent from the field, which is the highest field goal percentage in a single-season in Shock history.
“Courtney has seen tremendous improvement each year that she has been in the league,” said Fred Williams, Head Coach of the Tulsa Shock. “Last season gave her great opportunities for minutes played and she responded by being the leading rebounder in the WNBA. Courtney is a team player and continues to be one of our veteran leaders for the Shock. She is a hard worker and has a great basketball IQ.”
On July 17, 2014 against San Antonio, Paris scored a career-high 22 points. Paris had a career-high 16 rebounds twice in 2014 (June 10 vs. New York and July 25 at Washington).