STILLWATER — Playing in her final game, Toni Young got Oklahoma State off to a decent start, scoring the first six points of the game as the two teams traded baskets early. But a 10-2 Texas run aided by Brady Sanders’ 3-pointer gave the Longhorns all the momentum they needed to take a 30-25 lead into halftime.
“Our team knew the magnitude of this game,” Littell said. “We played a little nervous to start out. They knew that this game was important for us to get to the (NCAA) tournament and we just played nervous. Again, I take some responsibility. I started us in the wrong defense. We started off a little passive and tentative so I assume responsibility for that.”
Despite being down early, Bias provided the first spark in the second half with a 3-pointer with 13:10 left as the Cowgirls went on a 10-2 run to take their first lead since the 8:33 mark in the first half.
And once Oklahoma State got rolling and got some confidence, those missed shots in the first half started to fall.
“We kind of came out sluggish,” Bias said. “We weren’t really hustling as much as we should have and our coaches kind of got on to us about things we needed to fix and things that we needed to do. We executed them and just put a fire under our butt and just started playing.”
While the win doesn’t necessarily mean Oklahoma State will get a bye in the Big 12 tournament, it nearly locks up an NCAA berth and gives the Cowgirls some confidence as they head to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State Monday.
“We’ve got a good RPI and we’re playing in the No. 1 RPI conference in America,” Littell said. “8-10 got in last year and we’ve got our ninth win already. If history holds true on it, nine wins in the No. 1 RPI conference in the country should get you in.”