Oklahoma Sooners retire Courtney Paris’ jersey

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There are few greater feelings for an athlete or coach than to see her or his name or number raised to the rafters of your home arena.

Courtney Paris, who currently plays for the Dallas Wings, but hooped collegiately for Boomer Sooner got to experience this the previous Friday when the Sooners tipped off their season against Belmont – a 96-73 victory for Oklahoma.

Paris is Oklahoma’s all-time leading scorer with 2,729 points and also its leading rebounder with over 2,000 boards.

My years at Oklahoma were my favorite. To be able to hang my number up there, it just means so much to me and my family.

When speaking with The Oklahoman Newspaper, Paris told of how it all began when Sooners women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale wanted to talk with Paris in her office. She originally thought she was in trouble for something.

The only thing she was in trouble for was setting school records and leading Oklahoma to incredible heights during her years as a player – hence the honor of having her #3 retired.

Since she was in the middle of playing overseas in Turkey, scheduling the processions was a bit of a task – but all was well that ended well.

Stacy Dales is the only other player in Oklahoma women’s basketball history to have her jersey retired. Also joining Paris for the festivities was her twin sister Ashley, who was also a well-sought after recruit out of high school.

I’m a Paris twin. We came here together. I’m standing here tonight because of my twin sister. Tonight, they’ll hang No. 3, but its about so much more than me.

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