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November 27, 2013

Cowgirls rout UMass Lowell

STILLWATER — It was an historical night for Liz Donohoe in Oklahoma State’s trouncing of UMass Lowell Tuesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Facing a winless team, the No. 19-ranked Cowgirls steamrolled the River Hawks 103-52 in a game that Donohoe became the 21st Cowgirl to eclipse 1,000 career points. Donohoe finished the night with 14 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to get a double-double.

“That’s a milestone for any basketball player in any program. To score 1,000 points is a testament to your ability, the commitment you have to the program and the time you’ve put in,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said. “I’m very happy for Liz, and I hope she scores a lot more for us.”

Coming off a career night against USC on Friday, sophomore guard Brittney Martin set another career mark in scoring against the River Hawks. Martin finished the night 15 of 18 with 31 points — eclipsing her previous best of 22 scored against the Trojans last week. The Syracuse, Utah, native scored 21 points in the opening half and hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds to record her second straight double-double.

“I don’t really look forward to doing that, I just kind of go out and play. If it comes, it comes,” Martin said. “I wouldn’t say I’m expecting to keep on scoring like that.”

That wasn’t exactly what Littell wants to hear from the 6-foot guard who leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game.

“She needs to get that thought out of her head right now, Brittney Martin needs score points for us,” Littell said. “She’s a talent. ... She played very well last game against USC, and I thought she came out big tonight. She was a bright spot in the first half when we were kind of flat.”

Senior point guard Tiffany Bias also used the evening to boost her drive toward becoming the program’s all-time assist leader. Bias had a game-high 12 assists, which is also a season high for the Andover, Kan., native, and is now just 79 assists shy of setting the record.

“She’s unselfish and she knows that she can score. She missed some easy shots tonight that she normally makes, but when you’re struggling shooting the ball or finishing, you’ve got to find another way to help your team out and 12 assists with no turnovers is a pretty good night,” Littell said.

The Cowgirls, who hauled in 61 rebounds in the lopsided affair Tuesday, will return to action Sunday with their final home game against North Texas before a three-game “road stretch” — which includes the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City on Dec. 14 and the Puerto Rico Classic right before Christmas.

“We’ve upgraded our schedule and the meat of it is coming up here in the next couple of weeks,” Littell said. “... We’re going to find out a lot about ourselves over the next few weeks and find out what we need to improve on before Big 12 play starts.”

Jason Elmquist is sports editor of The Stillwater NewsPress.

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