STILLWATER — With Oklahoma State's seemingly comfortable lead suddenly sliced to six points, Roshunda Johnson head-faked and then knocked down an intermediate jumper.
The next time down the floor, the Cowgirl freshman sank a 3-pointer from the left wing.
Then, she nearly put the game out of reach on her own.
Johnson scored 10 of her 12 points during a three-minute stretch in the second half, lifting the No. 11 Cowgirls to a 65-53 victory over TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Tuesday night.
“Hopefully this was a coming-out party for her tonight,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said. “… If she doesn't make those shots, the ballgame was getting pretty tight.”
Johnson also nailed another 3-pointer and a transition layup during the run that pushed OSU's lead from 47-41 to 59-46. She also had a nice dish to an open Brittany Atkins on the perimeter, who was fouled on a 3-point attempt and then made two of the three free throws.
To complement her scoring output, Johnson finished with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 24 minutes.
This season has been a growing process for Johnson, a top-50 national recruit who is being groomed to take over the starting point guard duties when star Tiffany Bias departs following this season. Littell often sees this in freshmen — that split-second hesitation where the player wrestles with shooting the ball versus passing it to an older player.
But when Johnson uses her speed out in the open floor, assertively attacks off the dribble and confidently shoots the ball, the Cowgirl offense becomes even more dangerous. It allows Bias to play off the ball at times. And it can make up for a night where Liz Donohoe and Brittney Martin combine to shoot 5-of-18 from the floor.
“We know Roshunda can play, so it's not anything new that she did that,” Bias said of Johnson's performance. “It's just waiting for that time when it clicked during the game, because it clicks during practice all the time.
“We were happy for her. We needed that spark.”
Littell sensed he'd need Johnson to contribute off the bench before tipoff. He told her she needed to knock down three 3-pointers.
Johnson only made two, so Littell told her to listen better next time.
Littell's just kidding, of course.
And Johnson felt like this was her first big moment in Cowgirl uniform.
“(Tuesday) was my time to step up and be the player that they recruited,” she said.