OSU Athletics Weekely Review

Men?s Basketball This week: Big 12 Tournament, Dallas, Texas Last week: Defeated Texas A&M, <BR><BR> Eddie Sutton finally got a chance to cut down the nets at his alma mater. <BR><BR> Oklahoma State's venerable coach eagerly climbed up the ladder with scissors and snipped at the final strand of net. He kissed the frayed piece of nylon, held it aloft for the roaring crowd, then stuffed it in his pocket.

Sutton's 17-year wait -- four as a player, 13 as a coach -- was finally over.

John Lucas scored 20 points and Joey Graham had 14, helping the Cowboys (24-3, 14-2) clinch their first outright conference championship since 1964-65 in the former Big Eight. Oklahoma State also set a school record for most conference wins and finished 15-0 at home.

It was an anticlimatic finish to the regular season for the Cowboys, who earned a share of the league title with a 76-67 win over Texas on Monday night.

This matchup between the Big 12's best team and its worst was ugly from the start.

Texas A&M (7-19, 0-16) missed eight of its first nine shots, while Oklahoma State also got off to a sluggish start _ prompting Sutton to call a timeout two minutes into the game.

The Cowboys went on a 15-3 run midway through the first half, though, and essentially turned the game into a coronation ceremony from there.

The Aggies became only the second team in the eight-year history of the Big 12 to go winless in league play. Baylor did it in 1999.

The six-year Melvin Watkins era at A&M will probably last only one more game, a first-round matchup against the sixth-seeded team in the Big 12 tournament. The Aggies haven't won a game in the postseason since the now-defunct Southwestern Conference Classic in 1994.

For this game, at least, the Aggies succeeded in quieting the normally raucous Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd on a day when there was plenty to celebrate.

A&M rarely attempted a shot with more than five seconds on the shot clock, effectively slowing down the pace of the game and snuffing out any bit of enthusiasm from the fans.

The Cowboys finally seemed to snap out of their funk late in the first half when Lucas lofted a ball high to Tony Allen for a monstrous one-handed dunk, giving Oklahoma State a 17-9 lead.

Even a few Aggies stared up at the Jumbotron during a timeout to catch a glimpse of the dunk.

Texas A&M never got any closer the rest of the game.

Nick Anderson and Acie Law led the Aggies with 10 points each.

Before the game, Oklahoma State seniors Allen, Janavor Weatherspoon and Jason Miller were honored with a reel of highlights on the Jumbotron and standing ovations from the crowd.

Sutton also got some applause when he was presented with the Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award, an 80-pound, 3{-foot trophy with a little bronze sculpture of basketball inventor James Naismith on the top.

But it was the celebration afterward left the typically sour-faced Sutton all smiles.

Sutton, who played at Oklahoma State from 1956-58, finally got to celebrate a championship in front of the Cowboys' orange-clad crowd.

When Sutton returned to Stillwater as a coach in 1991, Oklahoma State went on to share the Big Eight title with Kansas _ a significant accomplishment at a school that hadn't won a championship of any sort in almost a decade.

Still, the celebration that year was muted because the regular-season finale came at Iowa State, a 68-67 loss.

It didn't seem likely that this team _ picked fifth in the Big 12 in preseason media and coaches' polls _ would be the one to send Sutton to the top of the ladder at Gallagher-Iba.

Lucas, who never won a championship in high school or in two years at Baylor, is already looking forward to the next opportunity to cut down the nets.

Women?s Basketball This week: Big 12 Tournament, Dallas, Texas Last week: Lost to Baylor, 70-60

Steffanie Blackmon had 21 points, and 14th-ranked Baylor overcame 30 by Nina Stone to beat Oklahoma State 70-60 Wednesday night.

Sophia Young added 16 points, Dionne Brown had 10 and Chelsea Whitaker pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bears (22-7, 10-6 Big 12), who moved into a fourth-place tie with Texas Tech. The Bears, who lost both regular-season games to the Lady Raiders, will be seeded fifth next week in the league tournament.

Oklahoma State (8-19, 3-13) playing its first game without Trisha Skibbe, the Big 12's leading scorer, lost its ninth straight. Skibbe left the team Monday for personal reasons.

The Cowgirls shot 48 percent to keep it close in the first half, and trailed 36-33 at the break.

But the Bears held the Cowgirls to only three baskets and 16-percent shooting in the second half. Oklahoma State scored 20 of its 27 second-half points from the free-throw line.

Baylor outrebounded Oklahoma State 41-29. Eliz Gomes added 13 points for the Cowgirls.

Wrestling This week: Idle Last week: Big 12 Tournament

Johnny Thompson earned his fourth conference title with his pin over Zach Roberson. Oklahoma State?s wrestling team captured its second-consecutive Big 12 title Saturday night inside Hilton Coliseum with 86.5 points.

Nebraska came in second with 55.5 points, while Iowa State chipped in 46.5 points for third. Missouri and Oklahoma rounded out the conference standings with 43 and 37.5 points, respectively.

Johnny Thompson became the third four-time Big 12 champion after his victory over Zach Roberson. After trading escapes in the second and third periods, Thompson caught Roberson in a snake with 28 seconds left to record the fall.

Zack Esposito recorded his first conference championship with a 7-5 decision over Travis Shufelt. The Three Bridges, N.J., native recorded a trio of takedowns en route to his victory.

Tyrone Lewis notched his second conference title in his career with a 12-4 major decision over Jacob Klein. Lewis recorded three takedowns in the first period to take a quick 6-2 lead. The El Reno, Okla., native built on his lead to 8-3 after two periods, and secured the major with a final takedown in the third period.

Jake Rosholt used a come-from-behind win to earn his first conference championship. Rosholt fell behind early to Matt Pell 4-2 before coming back to record a takedown with a pair of back points to close the second period. He then extended his lead to 7-5 with an escape to open the third. The defending NCAA champion built up a 9-6 lead before winning 11-6.

Johny Hendricks, Chris Pendleton, Rusty Blackmon and Will Gruenwald recorded second-place finishes for the Cowboys. Hendricks dropped a 3-2 decision to Kenny Burleson, while Pendleton fell for the first time this year after his 9-7 loss to Ben Askren.

Blackmon dropped a close 2-1 decision to Jeff Foust, while Gruenwald fell 5-1 to Leonce Crump.

Cody Stites and Ronnie Delk each notched fourth-place finishes. Stites defeated Austin DeVoe of Missouri, 3-0, in the consolation semifinals before falling to Iowa State?s Grant Nakamura, 4-2, in the 30-second overtime.

Delk took Ware to his third overtime match of the tournament. Each recorded three escapes throughout the match, but the deciding factor was Ware?s accumlated riding time throughout the 30-second overtimes.

Equestrian This week: Saturday at Fresno State Last week: Texas A&M Invitational

Kristin Dickerson completed her final regular season as the Regional High Point Rider. Oklahoma State?s Western equestrian team held off a late run by Texas A&M to win the region and qualify its team to the 2004 IHSA National Championships. The final three shows were held this weekend in College Station, Texas.

Though the team didn?t win a show this weekend, the Cowgirls took a 30-point lead into the weekend and remained in the lead by 18 points at the end.

Texas A&M had a late run at chipping away at the Cowgirl lead but couldn?t make up the deficit to record its second regional championship. The Aggies recorded a pair of wins during the weekend, scoring 25 and 30 points in the last two shows, respectively.

The Cowgirls placed third in the first show with 20 points, with West Texas A&M recording their first top finish of the season with 23 points. TAMU finished in second with 21 points. OSU then recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the remaining two shows. The 23 and 22 points they earned were good enough to fend off A&M?s late run.

OSU finished the season with 215 points followed by Texas A&M with 196 points. West Texas A&M chipped in 160 points to round out the top three.

Kristin Dickerson completed her final regular season as the regional high point rider and will represent the region at nationals. The Las Cruces, N.M., native qualified for regionals in Reining and Opend Horsemanship.

The Cowgirls notched 13 top finishers over the weekend, with four of the riders earning multiple wins. Laura Brawdy recorded a pair of first-place finishes in Intermediat I, while Lacy Boyer earned two top finishes in Intermediate II. Mandy McNally finished first in Novice in the second show, and was the lone Cowgirl to record a win during Sunday?s show.

Kayla Elmenhorst finished the weekend with first-place finishes in Reining and Open Horsemanship. Elmenhorst also qualified for regionals in Reining.

Whitney Holden, Baily Nicholson and Maggie Engles all recorded top finishes in the first show, while Amanda Yancy and Cheryl Adamson also chipped in first-place finishes in the second show.

Overall, the Cowgirls advanced 15 riders to the regional championships. Dickerson is the only OSU rider to qualify for regionals in multiple discilpines.

The Cowgirls return to action March 13 when they compete at the Fresno State Invitational.

Softball Last week: Lost to Stanford, 7-6 Lost to Cal State Northridge, 5-0 Lost to Oregon State, 1-0 Lost to Cal State Fullerton, 4-1 Defeated Portland State, 4-3 This week: Thursday vs. Wichita State

Oklahoma State?s softball team closed out the weekend with a 4-3 extra-inning win against Portland State at the Cal State Fullerton Worth Inviational.

Leadoff batter Shanel Scott started the Cowgirls off with a base hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Megan Carey in the bottom of the first.

Portland State evened the game at 1-1 in the second and took the lead in the third. The Vikings connected for back-to-back hits and moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Annie Peccia then scored the go-ahead run in the third on a passed ball.

OSU?s offense came alive in the fifth after Alliya Anderson led off with a double. Erika Ennis entered as a pinch runner and Calli Behmer moved Ennis to third with a textbook bunt. The throw home was late and Ennis scored the equalizing run. The Cowgirls proceeded to load the bases but Michelle Hext struck out the next to Cowgirls to keep the score tied at 2-2.

Both teams scored one run in the eighth after the international tie-breaker rule was enforced and the Cowgirls held the Vikings in the ninth after they loaded the bases with one out.

It was Oklahoma State?s turn to load the bases in the bottom half of the frame. Jade Lindly started on second and Portland State intentionally walked the next two Cowgirls to load the bases. It looked like a smart move when the Vikings came through with two outs but Shanel Scott hit a clutch base hit, a two-out infield single to send Alliya Anderson home for the winning run.

Kristen Neil earned the start for Oklahoma State but was replaced but Jessica Hoppock in the second. Neil gave up one run and walked four before Hoppock came on to retire the final batter and force Portland State to leave the bases loaded. Hoppock scattered five hits and gave up two unearned runs.

Oklahoma State (13-11) returns to action on Thursday, hosting Wichita State for a 6 p.m. contest at Cowgirl Stadium.

Baseball Last week: Defeated McNeese State, 7-6 Lost to Southern Miss, 21-5 Defeated Indiana State, 14-2 This week: Friday vs. Louisiana Tech Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech Sunday vs. Louisiana Tech

Scott Kirby had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Cowboys. LAKE CHARLES , La. ? Oklahoma State broke open a 1-0 contest with a five-run fourth inning and cruised to a 14-2 win over Indiana State in the final game of the Lake Area Classic on Sunday afternoon.

OSU improved to 10-4 with the win, while Indiana State fell to 1-6.

Rightfielder Rod Allen had a two-out two-run single in the fourth, while second baseman Rusty Ryal and catcher Jason Jaramillo both had RBI singles in the frame to help extend the lead to 6-0.

OSU added a run in the fifth to make it 7-0 when Scott Kirby extended his hit streak to 16 games with a leadoff triple and scored on a balk by reliever Joe Thatcher.

Indiana State got on the board with two unearned runs on RBI singles by shortstop Josh Prickett and rightfielder Jereme Hatler.

Kirby added a two-run homer in the ninth, his second of the year, to extend the lead to 9-2. Centerfielder Keanon Simon would later add a two-run single and Rod Allen added another two-run shot to left-center to make the score 13-2. Jason Jaramillo added a RBI single to close out the scoring.

Reliever Brett McDonald picked up his first win of the year, while Sycamore starter Brian Woods took the loss to drop to 0-1.

Josh Fields staked the Pokes to a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI double down the right field line.

Oklahoma State will head home and have the week off before hosting Louisiana Tech in a three game series next weekend.

Women?s Tennis Last week: Lost to Missouri, 6-1 This week: Monday vs. Brigham Young Friday at Kansas Saturday at Kansas State

Oklahoma State?s women?s tennis team struggled from the beginning of their conference opening match, falling to No. 49 Missouri 6-1 at the Green Tennis Center on Friday evening.

The No. 70 Cowgirls lone victory on the evening came at the No. 6 singles position where freshman Jennifer Poskitt downed Erika Josbena in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

The match started off with a Missouri sweep of the doubles contests. At the No. 1 position, the senior tandem of Katya Kolodynska and Jana Karaskova were defeated by MU?s Urska Juric and Katka Sevcikova, 8-5.

Missouri claimed the doubles point when Yelena Olshanskaya and Josbena defeated junior Ines Furtmayr and sophomore Zana Masnic, 8-2. The Tigers finished the sweep by picking up the victory at the No. 3 position.

The Cowgirls luck would not change in singles competition. OSU lost the lead in four of their singles matches.

At the No. 1 position, Kolodynska jumped out to a fast start before falling to Juric, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. Sevcikova claimed the Tiger?s third team point with a victory over Karaskova at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-4.

Furtmayr also held an early lead at the No. 3 position after claiming the first set, but was unable to hold of Missouri?s Hana Kraftova, falling 6-7, 6-0, 6-0. Olshanskaya was able to hold of a late surge by Masnic at the No. 4 position, picking up the 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

The final Missouri point came when Mary Barry defeated freshman Lauren Simmons at the No. 5 position, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5.

Oklahoma State will look to rebound when they take on Brigham Young at the DuBois Tennis Center on Monday at 3 p.m.

Men?s Tennis Last week: Idle This week: Monday vs. Brigham Young Friday vs. Las Vegas Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev. Friday vs. Southern Miss, Las Vegas, Nev. Men?s Track and Field Last week: Last Chance Meet This week: Friday, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. Jason Woolhouse successfully defended his mile run title to lead a number of strong individual performances for the Cowboys this weekend, as the team finished 11th at the Big 12 Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Nebraska. The senior finished the race in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:03.19, and was trailed closely by teammate Ryan Ripley, who finished in sixth running a personal best time of 4:09.09. Woolhouse also scored team points for the Pokes by finishing third in the 3,000m run in a time of 8:14.66. Junior Scott Rantall amassed eight team points for the Cowboys by recording a pair of fifth-place finishes. The Australia native ran the 5,000m in 14:23 Friday evening, and followed that performance by finishing the 3,000m in 8:16 Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Daniel McLemore finished fifth in the 60m dash, blazing the course in 6.82 seconds. Chris Stoves set his second school record of the month, this time in the 1,000m run, finishing third and stopping the clock in 2:22.88. The freshman set the 800m record two weeks ago at the Tyson Invitational. Women?s Track and Field Last week: Last Chance Meet This week: NCAA Championships Oklahoma State?s women?s track and field team finished in a tie for 11th place with Texas Tech at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday. The Cowgirls scored a total of 28 points, which was only four points from ninth place. Senior Michelle Prowse played a major role in the Cowgirls point total by competing in four events and earning 19 team points. Prowse finished fourth in the one mile run, third in the 3,000 meter run and second in the distance medley relay race. Prowse teamed up with sophomore Cody Birk, junior Alison Erzinger and junior Valentina Medina in the distance medley relay race. The team?s 11:28.55 time earned them an NCAA Provisional. Medina recorded three points for the Cowgirls with a sixth place finish in the one mile run with a time of 4:52.20. Junior Paula Ogunbanjo placed sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 12.61 meters, giving the Cowgirls three team points. Senior Delisa McClain placed sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 17.83 meters, which was good enough for three team points.

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