By DEREK BROWN
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State did something that has never been done before on Thursday night — have a 12-0 record.
The Cowgirls’ 67-61 victory over Texas in the Big 12 opener pushed OSU to the best start in school history.
“It’s something to be proud of,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “It’s always nice to do something that nobody before you has done, to set a higher mark and a higher standard.”
The Cowgirls are happy with their perfect start. Oklahoma State knows that being in uncharted waters is something to think a lot of.
“We want to keep pushing, we’re not stopping. We take it one game at a time,” Oklahoma State senior Tiffany Bias said.
OSU got a monkey off of their back after losing their last three straight Big 12 openers. No. 11 ranked Oklahoma State was able to use poise and free throws in the final minute to hold off a Texas rally. Bias and Liz Donohoe combined for six-of-six free throws in the final minute of the game.
“That’s huge because you have to make them pay for stopping the clock. If you go down and don’t make free throws it’s almost like a turnover,” Littell said.
Bias ended the night with a game-high 23 points. Bias added six assists.
“I thought Bias was probably the difference in the game,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “I think the significant thing with (Bias) is she knows how to read defenses and when to take a particular shot. I think that puts a lot of heat on your defense.”
Bias showed off her talent on Thursday night against Texas.
“(Bias) took her game to a different level (Thursday night). She hit key shot after key shot,” Littell said.
Oklahoma State’s Donohoe had 17 and LaShawn Jones dropped in 10 points.
Texas’ Nneka Enemkpali poured in 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the losing cause.
“(Enemkpali) is just a special player. She does a great job of sealing in man or sealing in zone,” Littell said.
The game had 12 lead changes and saw four ties. The Cowgirls were able to close out not only a tight game but one that had more of an impact than non-conference games.
“It’s always a challenge for us to finish in games. I think we’re doing a lot better this year. We really pushed through as a team and we came together,” Bias said.
Texas and Oklahoma State both saw an extended amount of time at the free throw line. Texas went 13 of 16 at the line and the Cowgirls shot 18 for 20.
“It’s a very physical (game). With the new rule changes there are a lot of fouls called but we have to be smarter about that,” Donohoe said.
Oklahoma State kept their strong defense going after allowing Texas to shoot just 23 of 60 from the floor and 2 for 18 from beyond the arc. OSU shot 23 of 62 from the floor.
“I think it was an off night. I think we’re better than that,” Aston said about Texas’ shooting performance. “Neither team shot the ball really well.”