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Freshman Plumley sparks Sooners past SE Missouri

Posted: Saturday March 17, 2007 2:52PM; Updated: Saturday March 17, 2007 2:52PM
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- There's more to the Oklahoma Sooners than Courtney Paris.

Just enough, it turns out, for the third-seeded Sooners to hold off No. 14 Southeast Missouri State 74-60 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Freshman Jenna Plumley, all 5-foot-4 inches of her, had 20 points behind six 3-pointers and Leah Rush scored 19 to lead Oklahoma (27-4), which struggled to put away the Redhawks in front of a pro-Sooners crowd.

Sonya Daugherty led Southeast Missouri State (24-8) with 25 points in the Dayton Regional's opening game. The Redhawks trailed 64-58 with four minutes to play before Plumley hit her fifth 3-pointer, then buried another 60 seconds later to make it 70-60. Plumley also had seven assists.

Paris, one of the most dominating players in the country, struggled the entire game but still got her 59th consecutive double-double with a burst in the final five minutes to finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Rush was 8-of-12 for the Sooners, who shot 57 percent.

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