STILLWATER — Jim Littell's been known to get fiery from time to time.
He claims that wasn't the case in the locker room at halftime Saturday afternoon, though, when his Oklahoma State squad had just put up of a clunker of a first half against Texas Tech.
Either way, the calm message ultimately became an effective one. The 11th-ranked Cowgirls exploded after intermission, turning a slim five-point advantage at halftime over a Tech team that hadn't won a game in Big 12 play into an 82-56 rout at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“Is this how you want to represent yourself?” Littell said was the gist of the halftime speech. “That was pretty much the essence of the talk at halftime. It was more filled with, ‘Let's have some pride about what we're doing here.'”
OSU (16-1, 5-1 Big 12) used better ball movement on offense and, simply, a stronger effort on defense to outscore the Lady Raiders 49-28 in the second half.
Liz Donohoe provided the initial spark, scoring all of her 10 points — including a pair of 3-pointers from the wing — in the first seven minutes after the break to help the Cowgirls' lead quickly balloon to 53-33. She added 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
Four other Cowgirls scored in double figures in Brittney Martin (15 points), LaShawn Jones (13), Brittany Atkins (14) and Kendra Suttles (10). Tiffany Bias added nine points, seven assists and just one turnover.