STILLWATER — The game was fewer than two minutes old, and Jim Littell had already seen enough.
The Oklahoma State women's basketball coach called timeout following a sluggish start from his Cowgirls. They had turned it over on their first three possessions and hadn't gotten a shot off. They weren't playing good enough defense against Texas-Pan American.
But the No. 21 Cowgirls quickly turned things around after that, rolling to a 96-42 victory Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“(Littell's) really emphasized coming out hard at the beginning, because you can lose the game in the first five minutes,” OSU forward Toni Young said. “We came out a little soft, but after we got that good talking (to), we straightened up fast.”
Tuesday's offensive performance was the third time in four games OSU (4-0) has scored at least 90 points.
And it continues to use a balanced attack, as seven players finished in double figures. Liz Donohoe led all scorers with 19 points, while Tiffany Bias had 15, Young had 13, Brittney Martin and LaShawn Jones each had 12, Lindsey Keller had 11 and Kendra Suttles had 10.
“Our team is starting to take pride in that,” Littell said. “That's the way we're going to be a good basketball team, as long as we keep sharing the basketball.”
The Cowgirls created the wide distance during 20-2 run over a 10-minute span in the first half. Five players scored during the stretch, and OSU also switched to a zone defense to help prevent the Broncs' penetration to the basket while playing with four guards.
OSU led by 33 points at the break and by as many as 59 late in the second half.
The Cowgirls now have eight days off before hosting Texas State on Nov. 28. The players won't return to practice until Saturday night — after the Bedlam football game against Oklahoma — which will allow them to go home for Thanksgiving and heal their bodies.
“We've got some people that are a little beat up, a little hobbled right now,” Littell said. “We need to let them get healthy and take care of themselves.”