Bedlam basketball: Oklahoma State women roll over Oklahoma
STILLWATER — As Tiffany Bias checked out of the game for the final time, Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell waited for a hug.
Well, more than a hug. Littell lifted his 5-6 point guard off the ground as he embraced her.
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Bias deserved that praise, as her 14 second-half points keyed the No. 23 Cowgirls’ dominance after the break in an 83-62 Bedlam rout of Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“(Bias) was very special today,” said Littell, nudging the junior sitting to his left in at the postgame news conference.
Ten of Bias’ second-half points came from the free-throw line after consistently and relentlessly driving to the hoop, despite 6-6 Nicole Griffin and 6-3 Joanna McFarland often lurking in the paint for the Sooners. Overall, she tallied 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals while playing all 40 minutes.
“She ran the show and distributed the basketball and played with great energy and great speed,” Littell said. “She was just tough to guard, and when she gets rolling like that, our other kids feed off of her.
“When she’s that good, our team takes it to a new level.”
The victory was OSU’s third over OU since 2008, and the most lopsided Cowgirl win since a 76-54 decision in Norman in 1998. It’s the second consecutive season with a Bedlam split, with both teams winning on their home floor in decisive fashion.
Following a topsy-turvy first half, which featured a 23-4 OSU run to start the game and a 25-3 spurt by OU to take a three-point lead near the four-minute mark, the Cowgirls (18-7, 8-7 Big 12) scored 49 points after intermission and blew past the Sooners (19-8, 9-6) in virtually every statistical category.
OSU out-rebounded OU 49-36, including 19 offensive boards. The Cowgirls shot 50 percent in the second half. They had more combined blocks (six) and steals (three) than turnovers (eight). They outscored OU 34-18 in the paint and 13-2 in transition.
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