Lady Raiders Fall in Stillwater
Feb. 9, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. - Liz Donohoe and Toni Young scored 11 points each to lead four Cowgirls in double figures as Oklahoma State held off a late Texas Tech rally to win 53-49.
Texas Tech (16-7, 4-7 Big 12) never could pull out of its deficit completely, coming within two points several times during the game - three times in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Lady Raiders shot just 33.3 percent to Oklahoma State's 35.1 percent.
Oklahoma State (13-7, 5-6) jumped out to a 17-6 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first half as the Lady Raiders hit just three of its first 16 shots and turned the ball over nine times. Tech ended the game with 17 turnovers and still found ways to get back in the game.
Tech outscored OSU 25-16 over the next 16 minutes into the second half to pull within two at 33-31 with 10:43 remaining in the game. But each time Tech got a basket from leading scorer Chynna Brown, the Cowgirls appeared to have an answer. Oklahoma State would pull back out to an eight-point lead on the heels of a 7-1 run and held off two late 3-pointers by Casey Morris and Jordan Barncastle to close out the game at the free throw line.
Brown led Tech with 16 points - her second-highest point total this season - while Monique Smalls ended the game with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Barncastle added six points and led the team with 11 rebounds.Oklahoma State came into Wednesday night's game with the Big 12's best free throw percentage at 72.9 percent, but hit only 50 percent of its free throws (7 of 14) while Tech also struggled from the line, hitting just 10 of 21.
The Lady Raiders return home to take on Iowa State (14-8, 5-6) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at United Spirit Arena. Tech lost to Iowa State, 66-49, on Jan. 22 in Ames, Iowa.