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Oklahoma State basketball: No. 21 Cowgirls beat No. 17 Kansas

By Gina Mizell Published: January 8, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) dives past Kansas' CeCe Harper (24) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) dives past Kansas' CeCe Harper (24) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“It's not really surprising for us, because that's just Liz,” point guard Tiffany Bias said of Donohoe's performance. “She's a great shooter and she does that in practice all the time. So for her to have a spark like that at the beginning of the game, that's really good to see. “We know we can go back to her every single time.”

Down the stretch, though, other Cowgirls helped put the game away.

After a layup by KU's Monica Engelman cut OSU's lead to 62-53 with just more than six minutes to play, Bias, Keller, Del City’s Toni Young and Brittney Martin all contributed points to a 14-6 surge to finish the contest.

“As the game went on, I thought we started growing in confidence a little bit,” Littell said. “This is like any other sport — you've got to be confident to excel.

“Hopefully our team knows if we hang together and execute, play defense and rebound the basketball, we've got a chance to play against a lot of people in this league. Our focus for 40 minutes was a lot better tonight.”

KU's top two players, Sequoyah-Tahlequah product Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis, both finished in double figures with 12 and 14 points, respectively. But the Cowgirl defense particularly frustrated Goodrich, who shot just 4-of-14 from the floor.