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OSU women's basketball: Baylor slips by Cowgirls in overtime

All-American Odyssey Sims delivers two big plays at the end, giving the Bears a Big 12 win in Stillwater.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: January 26, 2014

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State had held Baylor superstar Odyssey Sims to about half of her season scoring average.

She needed 27 shots to reach 17 points.

She sat for a chunk of crunch time, partly because she had four fouls and partly because coach Kim Mulkey said her point guard simply needed to take a deep breath.

But the All-American made the two biggest plays at the end to allow Baylor to escape with an overtime road victory against the team that figures to be one of the Bears' biggest challengers for the Big 12 title.

Sims converted an and-1 layup in transition with three seconds left in the extra period and then stole the ball from OSU's Tiffany Bias on the Cowgirls' final possession to lift 12th-ranked Baylor to a 69-66 win, knocking the No. 8 Cowgirls out of first place in the Big 12 standings.

“That's what people that are up for the National Player of the Year do,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said. “They make those plays.”

Those dramatic final moments capped a wild game, which included OSU climbing out of a 16-point, second-half hole to take the lead, a game-tying 3-pointer by Baylor's Makenzie Robertson in the waning seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime and a clock malfunction that allowed the Bears to reset before that tying shot.

Following Robertson's 3-pointer, Bias missed an open transition layup that would have been the game-winner.

“I had it,” Bias said. “I saw shoulders were behind me, it's just one of those things where it was just in and out. It was just one of those things where it was kind of a tough night for me the whole night.

“I wish I would have made it, but it was just one of those things. You've got to move on.”

When asked about that chance to clinch a victory in regulation, Littell refused to put blame on anybody but himself.

He wished he would have fouled on Baylor's final possession, rather than giving Robertson a chance to drain the open 22-footer from the right wing. At the time, he worried about a “nightmare” scenario where Baylor could have used its size advantage — the Bears outrebounded the Cowgirls 55-40 — to put back a missed second free throw.

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