LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma State had been in this position before, on the ropes against a conference foe.
This time, the No. 8 Cowgirls were trying to hold off Kansas, a team that beat then-No. 7 Baylor on Sunday. Tiffany Bias and Liz Donohoe made sure Kansas wouldn't have another upset to celebrate.
The two made a number of key shots down the stretch and stifled the Jayhawks' offense for nearly 10 minutes late in the second half to give the Cowgirls a 64-56 victory Wednesday night.
"We've been in those tight situations where you have to stay calm," Bias said. "I think we both made that eye contact. We were like, 'All right, we'll be fine. Get a defensive stop and then we'll execute a good offensive play.'"
Bias scored 14 points and Donohoe added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowgirls, who won their fifth straight Big 12 game for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Chelsea Gardner scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks, but she shot only 3 of 9 in the second half as Oklahoma State made guarding her a priority.
Kansas led for most of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half, but 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.
The Jayhawks were trying to knock off an opponent ranked in the top 10 for the second time, and after a layup by Gardner gave Kansas a 43-37 lead 6 minutes into the second half, it looked as though Kansas might be able to pull it off.
But Donohoe sandwiched two jump shots around another layup by Harper for Kansas, and Roshunda Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Cowgirls within 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'm very proud of (Donohoe and Bias)," Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. "Liz was very dominant on the boards, had a lot of rebounds late in the game that helped us secure the game. (Bias) had a nice steal and run out at a crucial point in the game and I thought she did a good job of orchestrating our defense where we were switching and not giving up as many good looks."