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Double-Double Trouble
KELLI ANDERSON
February 06, 2006
In a smashing debut, twins Ashley and Courtney Paris have turned the Sooners into title contenders and a hot ticket in Norman
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February 06, 2006

Double-double Trouble

In a smashing debut, twins Ashley and Courtney Paris have turned the Sooners into title contenders and a hot ticket in Norman

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"We played in the driveway against our three brothers, and they were brutal," says Courtney of teaming with Ashley. "If you can go up against my brothers, there is no girl who is going to scare you."

While the twins wanted to play point guard as often as their club team and high school coaches would let them, Courtney mostly played post and Ashley moved among all five positions. They led Piedmont High to back-to-back California Division IV titles their junior and senior years and chose Oklahoma over Cal, Connecticut, Syracuse, Texas and UCLA because, says Ashley, "This is where we felt most comfortable."

Adds Courtney, "I knew this was a team I could contribute to. But as far as my numbers, well, that's been a nice surprise."

In Norman, where the twins are, as always, roommates, they've maintained their passions for writing (Courtney keeps a journal) and fishing, and developed new ones. "Courtney comes into the locker room singing a different country-music song every day," says junior guard Erin Higgins. "And she sings it till it wears you out." This semester the twins are taking beginner's piano, a decision inspired by Courtney's USA Basketball under-19 teammate Essence Carson, a guard-forward at Rutgers who is an accomplished pianist. "She would play in hotel lobbies this summer, and it was so beautiful to listen to," says Courtney. "She has no idea how happy she can make people just by playing. I want to do that."

On a different stage, by virtue of a different gift, she already does.

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