STILLWATER — Jim Littell has been coaching basketball for more than 30 years.
But he's not sure he's ever seen one particular stat that Oklahoma State put up Wednesday night.
The No. 18 Cowgirls grabbed 67 rebounds — including 30 on the offensive end — to overpower Texas State 90-55 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“I don't know if I've ever had a team at any level get 30 offensive boards before,” Littell said. “That's attacking the glass and doing a nice job and getting second and third opportunities.
“We were sending two guards back (on defense), and that (rebounding) was coming entirely from our three, four and five players, so I thought they were very relentless in going to the boards.”
No one was more relentless than Toni Young, who finished with 19 rebounds to complement her 24 points. Those boards often helped her get easy putbacks for a Cowgirl squad that finished with 26 second-chance points, or ignited the transition game for a group that tallied 23 fast-break points.
“It's fun jumping over people,” Young said. “I enjoy it. It just felt natural. I didn't really realize how high I was jumping when I was getting over people.”
OSU, which hadn't played a game in eight days, started slow for the second consecutive contest.
The Cowgirls (5-0) trailed 27-22 with about five minutes to play in the first half, but finished the period on a 16-4 run. Liz Donohoe was the Cowgirls' biggest offensive threat in the first 20 minutes, scoring 14 of her 22 points, including nine straight during an early three-minute stretch when the OSU offense was struggling.
OSU cruised in the second half, however, with the Cowgirls leading by as many as 36 points late in the contest.
Part of that dominance was due to the defense of freshman Brittney Martin. She held Texas State's Diamond Ford, who entered Wednesday averaging 23 points per game, to just five points on 1-of-14 shooting.
“We told her that she's going to have to guard a lot of good players in our league,” Littell said, “and this was the first good player that we've really seen that can score the basketball. Brittney just didn't give her an open shot all night long.”