No. 3 Oklahoma 76, Hawaii 56 [women]


Saturday, November 18th 2006, 9:26 pm
By: News On 6


HONOLULU (AP) Courtney Paris scored 18 points and Chelsi Welch added 14 and #3 Oklahoma defeated Hawaii 76-56 to win the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic on Saturday.

Paris also grabbed 15 rebounds to earn her 31st straight double-double despite sitting most of the first half due to foul trouble.

Ashley Paris, Courtney's twin, had 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Sooners (3-0).

Oklahoma took a 15-4 lead, but Hawaii (1-1) used two 3-pointers to cut the margin to 5. After committing her second foul, Courtney Paris left the game at the 11-minute mark. She had only 6 first-half points.

Oklahoma struggled without the All-American in the paint, shooting 36 percent from the field. Welch hit two 3-pointers and scored 14 to keep Hawaii from closing the gap.

The Rainbow Wahine trailed at the half, 33-21, on 23 percent shooting from the field.

Oklahoma quickly built a 20-point lead after the half.

Janevia Taylor led Hawaii with 12 points.

Oklahoma beat Eastern Kentucky in Friday's semifinals, 92-79.