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Oklahoma State women's basketball: OSU rolls by South Florida

Saturday marked the Cowgirls' smallest margin of victory this season. And yet, it was still a blowout, as 14th-ranked OSU rolled by South Florida 75-56 at the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 14, 2013
/articleid/3914763/1/pictures/2294304">Photo - The Oklahoma State basketball team poses for a photo with the trophy after wining the All-College Classic women's basketball game between Oklahoma State University and South Florida at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Oklahoma State basketball team poses for a photo with the trophy after wining the All-College Classic women's basketball game between Oklahoma State University and South Florida at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

That helped OSU push its lead to as many as 23 points in the second half. But the defense was key, as well.

The Cowgirls held South Florida to just 26.7 percent shooting in the first half and 34.5 for the game. After intermission, that forced the Bulls to start launching 3-pointers — they made five in the first seven minutes of the second half — before the OSU defense adjusted.

Inga Orekhova scored 13 points but made just 4-of-14 shots from beyond the arc, while Courtney Williams led the Bulls with 18 points but needed 21 field-goal attempts to reach that mark.

Now the heart of the season begins, starting with next week's trip to the Puerto Rico Classic, where the Cowgirls will face Michigan State and Georgia Tech. Both of those teams received votes in the latest Associated Press poll.

Soon after, Big 12 play awaits.

And though the road so far has been relatively easy for the Cowgirls, they are still nitpicking.

Like noting the offense didn't operate as well as usual in a 19-point victory.

“We're never satisfied with anything that we do,” Bias said. “We can always get better and we can always be better as a team. We believe in each other, and we know that we be nothing but better.”


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