Bedlam Bummer: Cowgirls Lose To Sooners

This was a huge week for the Oklahoma State basketball team as it claimed its first top-10 ranking in school history by moving to 10th in the Associated Press poll. But it ended on a disappointing note after losing to fourth-ranked Nebraska on the road Wednesday and giving up the home floor for the first time this season in Saturday's disappointing Bedlam loss to 13th-ranked Oklahoma 77-66.

With the loss to their rival the Cowgirls drop to 18-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12. Oklahoma jumps to 6-3 in the Big 12 and 16-6 overall.

The game was very much in question in the final minutes when Oklahoma point guard Danielle Robinson, who had played well throughout, raised the intensity of her game and hit on two key drives down the left side of the lane.

Her first drive with a semi-hook shot rolling around the rim and in as she avoided Andrea Riley by staying off the paint gave Oklahoma a 63-59 advantage with just under four minutes left in the game. Just over a minute later she connected on a more direct drive to the basket for a 67-61 lead.

Riley had hit a couple of long range threes to keep Oklahoma State in the game but in the battle of guards, Robinson was better in the clutch, and in the battle of teams Oklahoma seemed more driven in the final minutes.

The Sooners had enjoyed a healthy rebounding advantage throughout the game and that edge was magnified in the second half as Abi Olajuwon really controlled the glass along with the OU guards, including Robinson with eight rebounds. Olajuwon also came through in the scoring with 14 points and almost all of them came on the left block either with her camping underneath or on put back baskets.

Honestly, Oklahoma looked like the hungrier team in the final minutes as the Sooners were also coming off a midweek loss at home to Texas in a game OU head coach Sherri Coale said afterwards she felt Texas wanted to win more than her squad did.

Saturday afternoon inside Gallagher-Iba Arena it was Robinson going to the line and proving her conference-leading 96 percent free throw percentage as she was 16 of 16 from the line for the game. She finished with 36 points and six assists.

Riley paid for her shooting woes in the first half and finished with 30 points on 10-of-31 shooting from the field.

Riley trailed in the total tally of point guards at halftime but the Cowgirls energizer scored the last four points of the first half to give her team a 33-31 advantage at the break in the first women's Bedlam meeting of the season.

Robinson scored 14 points in the first half and led the Sooners on a run that culminated with a jump shot that creeped over the rim and gave Oklahoma its first lead at 22-21. Nyeshia Stevenson added eight points for the Sooners in the first half.

The Cowgirls had balanced scoring in the first half with Riley finishing with 10 points, Tegan Cunningham added eight points. Lakyn Garrison hit a pair of long range three-pointers to account for her six points, while Megan Byford had five and Precious Robinson had four points, all coming from the free throw line.

At the end the scoring line was less balanced although Cunningham had 16 points. Byford had seven, Garrison finished with her six, Robinson four, and Young three.

Oklahoma State will try to recover from its back-to-back losses with a week off before hosting Texas Tech next Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena at 6 p.m.

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