Oklahoma State basketball: Texas Tech ends Cowgirls' 17-game winning streak
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.