STILLWATER — Tiffany Bias laid face down near midcourt, her head cradled in her hands.
Up until that point, Bias had largely kept Oklahoma State in its Big 12 opener against Texas Tech. But on what could have been the contest's decisive possession, the ball slipped out of the point guard's hands.
Tech upset the No. 13 Cowgirls 64-59 Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena, with Chynna Brown drilling a crucial tie-breaking 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Lady Raiders coming up with the key turnover on OSU's next possession to all but seal the win.
“It happens,” Bias said of her turnover. “It's the game, so you can't turn it back now.”
The loss snaps OSU's 17-game winning streak, which entering Wednesday was the longest in the nation. The Cowgirls won six straight to close last season with a WNIT championship, then went 11-0 through nonconference play this season.
But now, the Cowgirls are in danger of starting Big 12 play 0-2, with a trip to Waco to face No. 2 Baylor coming Sunday.
“I told our players that this league is a journey, it is not a sprint,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “It does not get any easier. We go down to Baylor to play probably the best team in the country.
“But what matters now is we gotta go get a road (win), because we let this home game escape.”
Littell also stressed after the game that the game did not come down to one mishandle by Bias. Early on, it certainly didn't look like the contest would even be decided in the final minute.
OSU (11-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) bolted out to an 18-3 advantage in the first eight minutes, but Tech used the 3-point line and foul line to help it storm back and take a 32-27 at the half. The Lady Raiders hit 5-of-8 shots from long distance, as well as 11-of-14 free throws.
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.”