STILLWATER — It happened in the blink of an eye.
One minute Stephen F. Austin thought it might be able to hang with No. 16 Oklahoma State. The next, they found themselves in a 27-8 hole — a hole the Ladyjacks never dug themselves out of as the Cowgirls routed Stephen F. Austin 85-41 Thursday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
With just under 13 minutes left in the first half, Oklahoma State (7-0) went on a 20-0 run, effectively erasing all remnants of a slow start.
“They were pressuring pretty hard, so we kind of had to learn to get back into our offense and not get sped up too quick,” Oklahoma State senior forward Lindsey Keller said. “We just need to settle down and run our offense. We finally kind of figured that out as it got going. We calmed down, got into the game and got into the flow of it.”
The offense may get most of the credit for Oklahoma State’s big run, but it was the defense that propelled the Cowgirls to the victory. Stephen F. Austin (4-4) shot 25.5 percent from the field, including 20.7 percent in the first half as the Cowgirls held the Ladyjacks scoreless for over eight minutes en route to a 35-14 halftime lead.
“I really thought we took a step in the right direction,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “We had been focusing a lot about playing good defense and I thought we did an exceptional job defensively. Porsha Robert came in averaging about 17 points and 9 rebounds a game and I thought Lindsey Keller did an outstanding job guarding her. She shut her out and held her to 2 rebounds, so I was really proud of her.”
“Our coach had a good scout ready for us,” Oklahoma State senior forward Toni Young said. “We had been emphasizing defense a lot. That was our goal, to get down and play in the same stance.”