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Kansas women fall to No. 8 Oklahoma State 64-56

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson didn't notice any ill effects from her team's upset of then-No. 7 Baylor during the Jayhawks' game against No. 8 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

But Kansas just couldn't score when it needed points the most.

The Jayhawks converted only one field goal in the final 9:25 of the second half — a too-little, too-late 3-pointer with 38 seconds left — and Kansas couldn't pull a second straight upset, falling 64-56 to the Cowgirls.

"We knew if we continued to get stops that it was OK for us to miss shots as long as we were getting stops also because then that means that they weren't scoring," guard Natalie Knight said. "We struggled a little bit too long on the offensive end and they capitalized on it."

Tiffany Bias scored 14 points and Liz Donohoe added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State, which has won five straight Big 12 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Brittany Atkins added 11 points for the Cowgirls (17-1, 6-1 Big 12), who trailed 10 minutes into the second half. A layup by Bias gave Oklahoma State a 46-45 lead — its first lead since 5-4 less than 4 minutes into the first half.

Kansas briefly regained the lead on a layup by CeCe Harper, but the Cowgirls took it right back on another layup by Bias.

Chelsea Gardner scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-10, 2-5).

A layup by Gardner gave Kansas a 43-37 lead six minutes into the second half, and it looked as though Kansas might pull another upset. But Donohoe sandwiched two jumpshots around a layup by Harper for Kansas, and Roshunda Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Cowgirls within a point at 45-44. Bias took over from there with her two layups. She also turned a steal into a layup and drew a critical foul with 1 second on the shot clock later in the half.

"I think they did a really good job in the second half of just pressuring the ball," Knight said. "About halfway through the second half they turned their defense up a notch."

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