Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls roll past Iowa State

The No. 17 Cowgirls used lockdown defense and fast-paced offense to roll past No. 24 Iowa State 71-42 Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
by Gina Mizell Published: January 20, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Lindsey Keller (25), Brittney Martin (22), Liz Donohoe (4) celebrate with Toni Young (15) during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at  Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.,  Sunday,Jan. 20, 2013.  OSU won 71-42. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Lindsey Keller (25), Brittney Martin (22), Liz Donohoe (4) celebrate with Toni Young (15) during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday,Jan. 20, 2013. OSU won 71-42. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I guess we were just on fire,” Bias said, not realizing how big that decisive run was. “We really played good today and just executed. We really played the style of ball that we want to play.”

And is it fun to play at that furious pace? Oh yeah, Donohoe said as her eyes lit up.

“We just kind of got into a flow,” Donohoe said. “We were having fun. (Bias) was distributing the ball to everybody, and everybody was scoring. If one person wasn't open, we passed to another and someone else scored.”

The victory was OSU's third consecutive by double digits since dropping its first two conference games. And Sunday's win showed how the Cowgirls have already progressed since a disappointing home loss to Texas Tech to open Big 12 play two weeks ago.

Against the Lady Raiders, the Cowgirls couldn’t overcome Young’s foul trouble. Fouls also limited Young, the Cowgirls' leading scorer, to just seven minutes and zero points in the first half Sunday, but reserves Kendra Suttles (12 points, 4 rebounds) and Morgan Toben (six points, three assists) gave the Cowgirls a lift off the bench.

Hallie Christofferson led Iowa State with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

For the first time this season, Littell said, the Cowgirls played a complete 40 minutes.

“Even in the games that we had won,” Littell said, “we'd had stretches where there were seven or eight minutes where didn't score or we were fouling and sending somebody to the free-throw line.

“Success leads to success and we needed to learn how to play hard for that long.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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