Fussell, a junior, was back Sunday but had a rare off game, hitting just 3 of 13 from the floor.
“The hard part is that the people who are taking ownership are really young,” Aston said. “I'm asking freshmen, a sophomore (Nneka Enemkpali) and a junior college transfer (Gigi Mazionate) to take a lot of ownership.
“Chas has not been in a flow because she's been out a lot. It's been hard for them. I'm not going to say this is an easy thing we're all going through, because it's not. If they had bad attitudes or weren't trying, I'd be very frustrated.”
Mazionyte scored her first bucket of the season, a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:02 remaining in the half, part of a 7-0 spurt that gave Texas its first lead at 20-19.
Texas (7-8, 0-4) had a rare bad day on the boards, losing the rebounding battle 40-39. OSU had 17 offensive rebounds, which helped the Cowgirls score 32 points in the paint.
“They got a lot of second chances that broke our backs,” Aston said.