Cowgirls Bedlam Streak Continues

A couple of years ago Oklahoma State went nearly the entire school year dominating the Bedlam series with rival Oklahoma. This year finds the Cowboys and the Cowgirls struggling with a Bedlam problem. The 11th-ranked Cowgirls were dealing with missed lay-ups, missed free throws, and at times missing players in an 81-74 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman.

The key stretch came early to mid-second half as Oklahoma State led 37-34 at halftime. Oklahoma post Nicole Griffin, who may have had one of her best games combining offense with six blocked shots on defense, used a strong post move to tie the game at 40-40. Griffin finished with 14 points.

On the next possession, OU veteran guard Morgan Hook pulled up on the break to hit the jump shot for a 42-40 lead and the Sooners would never trail again on their home floor as they were facing what some considered a must-win situation.

Off an offensive foul by Elizabeth Donohoe that turned the ball over, Sharane Campbell drove the ball all the way to the basket for at the time her 13th and 14th points of the game to extend the OU lead. She came back off that basket and nailed a long two-point jumper and the Sooners led 48-42.

Campbell and Donohoe tangled up a lot during the game and Campbell had the better end of it as Donohoe eventually fouled out with 11 points, all in the first half, while Campbell finished with 28 points.

Tiffany Bias had plenty of good plays, drives to the basket and jump shots, but a missed lay up stalled the Cowgirls momentum. Eventually the Oklahoma lead expanded in the last five minutes with a barrage of three-point shots as Aaryn Ellenberg hit one from the wing, Hook nailed one from the top of the key, her first of the afternoon, and then Campbell got one as well to make the score 68-56.

The Cowgirls never quit with Kendra Suttles, Bias and Brittney Martin providing most of the late scoring. They could never get over the hump and Oklahoma was never allowed to coast but they handled the pressure and maintained a 7- to 12-point lead throughout the final few minutes.

In the first half, the Cowgirls maintained the advantage most of the half, although it was close. Donohoe, in her strong first half, knocked down a three-pointer from way out on the baseline and was fouled by Hook for a four-point play to give the Cowgirls 1 22-16 lead.

Oklahoma came back to take a lead at 30-29, but a lay-in by Roshunda Johnson and a couple of jump shots from Bias and Donohoe allowed the Cowgirls to take the lead at intermission.

In the end, Oklahoma outshot the Cowgirls 45.5 percent to 39 percent. The Cowgirls missed seven free throws going 14 of 21 which is not good enough on the road. The Cowgirls also turned the ball over 17 times to 11 for Oklahoma.

The Cowgirls fall to 7-3 in the Big 12 and 18-3 overall. The last week has been rough with an overtime home loss to Baylor that was very winnable and a survival 49-48 win on the road at TCU midweek before the loss to Oklahoma.

As for Bedlam, Oklahoma State has lost in wrestling 16-15, in football 33-24, last Monday in men's basketball 88-76, and now with the women. Next up is wrestling on Feb. 9 in Stillwater.

The Cowgirls will look to get back on the winning track with a stronger effort on Wednesday hosting Kansas.

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