"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
"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.