In the second half, it was OSU's turn to stage a comeback. The Cowgirls pulled even at 47 with a layup in transition by Bias with 8:34 to play. The rest of the game featured four ties and six lead changes, until Brown's big shot gave Tech the advantage for good.
“We just want her to catch and shoot,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said of Brown. “And she finally did when it probably mattered most. I was happy for her. It was a big shot, just the guts to take that shot.”
Bias finished with 27 points, arguably too many for a team that entered the game leading the nation in scoring but thrives on its balanced attack. It didn't help that top scorer Toni Young, who tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds, battled foul trouble all night and was forced to the bench after her fifth foul with 1:16 remaining.
“We're not deep enough and talented enough when Young goes to the bench to cover that,” Littell said. “I don't think many teams are when they lose their top post player.
“It's a situation where she's got to be smart, play aggressive defense but not make any stupid fouls and make sure she stays on the floor for us.”