With Oklahoma State needing a spark during a “tired” stretch in the second half, coach Jim Littell turned to reserve guard Brittany Atkins.
Atkins responded with eight points in eight minutes after not playing at all in the first half. She hit 2-of-5 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws, showing a solid ability to both drive to the basket and take the outside jumper.
“BA's kind of instant offense off the bench for us,” Littell said. “I look back, we probably should have played her more minutes. We forget she's a redshirt freshman, but it's still the first time that she's been out on the floor for us.
“Very proud of how she's practiced and come along and she's gonna be a very integral part of our team as we proceed into conference play.”
Saturday's All-College Classic contest represented the first time the Cowgirls played away from Gallagher-Iba Arena this season.
Their next trip will be a tad further away. OSU begins play in the Puerto Rico Classic on Thursday against Michigan State before facing Georgia Tech Saturday.
COWGIRLS SURVIVE 3-POINT BARRAGE
Already trailing by 17 points coming out of halftime, South Florida began firing from long distance.
For a time, it worked. The Bulls' first five field goals of the period came from 3-point distance.
But the Cowgirls clamped down defensively after that, as South Florida went just 1-of-7 from 3 the rest of the way.