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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls fail to handle adversity, lack execution

OSU coach Jim Littell: “We played pretty well for 17 minutes. And then we had a little adversity and did not handle adversity. That's what disappoints me about our basketball team.”
By Gina Mizell Published: February 10, 2013

/articleid/3753903/1/pictures/1949571">Photo - Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) shoots in front of Oklahoma's Joanna McFarland (53) during the women's Bedlam basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) shoots in front of Oklahoma's Joanna McFarland (53) during the women's Bedlam basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Those miscues at the end of the first half overshadowed that the Cowgirls had led for the first 15-plus minutes of the contest, despite leading scorer Toni Young sitting all but three minutes with two fouls, Bias' shooting troubles and Liz Donohoe's struggles to get free for open jumpers.

And it made a 31-28 halftime deficit feel like a lot more.

“We just kind of came into halftime looking like we were getting killed,” OSU guard Brittney Martin said, “and, really, we weren't down by that many points. We needed to come back and play our game, and we didn't.”

Conversely, OU (18-5, 8-3) found its stroke in the second half, drilling six of its nine three-point attempts and outscoring the Cowgirls by 16 points en route to the easy victory.

“They played with great energy and enthusiasm,” Littell said of OU. “There's a lot of kids that experienced a lot of success within their program, and I think their leadership showed.

“They kind of saw that we were on a (tough) run, and they took it to us.”


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