STILLWATER — The nation's longest win streak just got a little bit longer.
The owner, No. 16 Oklahoma State, moved it to 14 straight wins dating back to last season's WNIT run. The Cowgirls blew through Vermont 83-30 on Sunday.
The lopsided result was driven by a hot start for Brittney Martin. The guard converted seven of her eight first-half shots to lead the team with 14 points at the break.
“I thought she had a great first half,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “She can create her own shot off the dribble. I thought she went away from that a little bit in the second half, and we need her to stay focused on it, but I thought she played really well.”
Martin and the Cowgirls (8-0) jumped out to a huge lead out of the gate and led 46-17 at halftime.
Fueling that score was a near-perfect blend of high-powered offense and suffocating defense, with junior point guard Tiffany Bias leading the way.
“I thought Tiffany had one of her better games,” Littell said. “She always brings the same type of focus and intensity every night out. The effort level for her never changes.”
Bias' seven steals kept Vermont's offense at bay, and that combined with a strong rebounding performance proved to be lethal for the visitors.
Martin, Liz Donohoe, LaShawn Jones, and Toni Young led the charge as the team grabbed 44 missed shots. Their success wasn't surprising, as they seemed to be in the right place at the right time nearly every time a shot rattled loose.
“You can look at Thunder box scores, Division I box scores or high school box scores,” Littell said. “When you look at the rebounds, usually the team that has the most wins the game, so we place a lot of emphasis on it.”
The Cowgirls' win wasn't too surprising when it was all said and done, but the way they did it was impressive.
Vermont (3-8) didn't have any players score in double figures. Kylie Atwood led the Catamounts in scoring with seven points.
The Cowgirls said they feel their great start to the year combined with such a dominant win has delivered the statement they wanted to make when the season began.
“Every game we hold ourselves to high standards,” said Bias, who led the Cowgirls in scoring with 18 points. “We push ourselves to do more. We want to prove everyone wrong.”
“We play for ourselves, our school, and everyone in Stillwater. That's why we play.”