Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

November 29, 2012

Cowgirls overcome poor shooting to down Texas State

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team has been looking for a challenge as a precursor to the Big 12 Conference season.

They got that challenge against Texas State — at least for one half.

Toni Young scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Cowgirls used a second-half surge to defeat Texas State 90-55 Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“I thought Toni was the one that really kept us in the game in the first half by scoring and rebounding the ball and giving us second and third opportunities the way she did,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.

Oklahoma State (5-0) shot 36.6 percent from the field in the first half before knocking down a few more shots in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats 52-24 after the break to pull away.

“It was a really nice win for our team,” Littell said. “They had a good ball club, you saw that the first half and in beating TCU the way they did in their last game. I thought we came out and dominated a pretty good team in the second half.”

But while the Cowgirls struggled to knock shots down during the first half, it was their rebounding against a team that has already beat one Big 12 team this season that paved the way for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls outrebounded Texas State (3-2) 67-34, with freshman Brittney Martin pitching in 12 rebounds to Young’s total.

“Coach (Littell) emphasized rebounding (Tuesday) and (Wednesday) a lot,” Young said. “He told us that the team that commits to rebounding and playing defense will win the game.”

“When you get 25 more shots than your opponents and it is a direct result of the offensive rebounds, it was huge that we rebounded the ball like that,” Littell said. “We’ve got the capabilities of doing that. We have the athleticism. Rebounding is just a desire and a want-to. There’s not a whole lot of technique to it and I thought our kids did a good job of that.”

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014