NORMAN — Jim Littell could easily pinpoint when the first Bedlam showdown of the season got away from Oklahoma State.
The three-minute mark of the first half.
Oklahoma didn't go on any extended run to create an insurmountable deficit for the Cowgirls.
But that was when OU took the lead — and kept it for good — in what eventually turned into an 80-61 runaway victory for the Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center.
“We played pretty well for 17 minutes,” Littell said. “And then we had a little adversity and did not handle adversity. That's what disappoints me about our basketball team.”
After two free throws by Joanna McFarland gave No. 23 OU a 27-26 lead with 3:03 to go before the break, the Cowgirls' offense went cold, scoring just two points the rest of the half.
Not because of a lack of opportunities, but because of a lack of execution.
OSU (16-6 overall, 5-6 Big 12) missed four layups before the break, including two by Tiffany Bias, who finished 2-of-14 from the floor.
“Maybe (we) saw someone out of the corner of our eye or whatever,” Littell said. “But when you play a good team on their home floor like OU is, you've got to make easy shots.”
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.”