STILLWATER — That’s about the time Young and Suttles took over as the Cowgirls went on a 19-2 run to turn what was a 17-11 deficit into a 30-19 lead.
“We never really established that we were going to be aggressive on the defensive boards or the offensive boards,” Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. “We were very passive there. Giving them an extra opportunity on any given possession really started to deflate us. ... We were ineffective relative to their defense, we were ineffective relative to their rebounding and we were ineffective defending. It was a combination of things.”
After taking a 35-24 lead into halftime, the Cowgirls came out obviously looking to attack the post as Young scored three straight baskets over a two-minute span to spark Oklahoma State in the second half.
“(Young) scored the first four baskets of the game and then started getting shoved a little bit further away from the basket,” Littell said. “She was settling for 15- and 18-foot turnaround jump shots and we wanted her to establish lower. I was really proud of what she did in the second half of getting deeper inside, catching the ball, being more of a presence on the backside and that resulted in a very good second half for her.”
Young’s ability to get positioning in the post helped Oklahoma State shoot 62.1 percent from the field in the second half and 54.1 percent overall.
But it wasn’t just the offense that helped light up the scoreboard.
The Cowgirls put the clamps on Kansas State’s normally solid 3-point attack, holding the Wildcats to 9 of 34 (26.5 percent) from beyond the arc and keeping Kansas State scoreless for the final 9 minutes of the second half.
“We just mainly ran them off on 3s,” Oklahoma State junior Tiffany Bias said. “We switch almost everything. We knew that they’re a great shooting team. I think we executed well and made them put the ball on the floor more and put them in more of an attack mode.”