Tahlequah Daily Press

March 10, 2014

OSU women fall short against Baylor at Big 12 tournament

By JASON ELMQUIST
CNHI

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State's losing streak to Baylor was stretched to 10 straight with a 65-61 loss to the Bears in Sunday's semifinal game of the Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Championship.

For the second time this season, though, the Cowgirls nearly ended that losing streak.

The problem for Oklahoma State was a poor first half performance. The Cowgirls shot 26.7 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and found themselves down by nine at the break.

"It's a good defensive team. They deny the passes, and really put pressure on the ball, so I think that we weren't executing our offense on our end," Cowgirl senior Tiffany Bias said "If we just ran our offense through, we'd have been fine. "

OSU find more of a rhythm in the second half by attacking the paint. The Cowgirls finished with 22 points in the paint thanks to Brittney Martin and Kendra Suttles scoring 11 points each — the only two Cowgirls to score double figures.

"I think that both of us are kind of a tough match‑up, a big on Kendra, she's a lot quicker than most bigs. She's quicker in a weird way, I think," said Martin, who also hauled in 15 rebounds for her second straight double-double and fifth of the year. "She's just quicker than them.

"I guess I'm a tough match‑up because I can take the post from the outside in. I just think I'm quicker from the outside to inside."

Oklahoma State could never get the key stop on defense to complete the comeback, however. The closest the Cowgirls could come to the Bears was two points with 8:19 left in the contest.

"I think when we have the momentum on our side we need to slow down and keep that momentum on our side," Bias said. "I think we learned from it today that slow the ball up when we don't have something and get a good shot on our offense."

The Cowgirls will now wait a week to find out their destination in the NCAA tournament. The women's selection show is March 17.