Women's Basketball drops 77-58 decision to Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Behind strong scoring in the paint and four players in double-figure scoring, led by a career-high 21 points from freshman guard Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State posted a 77-58 Big 12 women's basketball victory over Texas Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Texas, which shot just 29.0 percent in the game, goes to 16-8 overall and evens its record in the Big 12 to 5-5 with the setback. Oklahoma State ended a three-game losing streak with the win, and moved to 16-7 overall and to 4-6 in the league. OSU shot 45 percent from the floor and went 17-for-21 from the foul line.
The victory for OSU also snapped Texas' 13-game win streak in the series, which was the longest current win streak against a Big 12 opponent for the Longhorns. The last Oklahoma State win against Texas had come on Jan. 12, 2000, also in Stillwater, when OSU tripped Texas by a 71-69 score.
The Longhorns were paced by redshirt freshman point guard Carla Cortijo (16 points) and senior forward Tiffany Jackson who picked up her ninth double-double of the year - and the third in the last six games. Jackson had 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
OSU dominated in play inside and in points off turnovers. Although Texas out-rebounded OSU by a 45-43 margin, the Cowgirls dominated in points in the paint by a 36-18 margin. The Longhorns committed 16 turnovers, and OSU had a 26-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
Rounding out the Cowgirls double-figure scorers were Danielle Green (14 points), Taylor Hardeman (13 points) and Rashidat Sadiq (11 points).
Down at intermission by nine, 35-26, the Longhorns opened the second half with a 13-6 run, to cut the Cowgirls lead to two, 41-39, on a Jackson layup with 13:14 to go.
OSU would not fold, however, as the Cowgirls built their lead back to 11 points, 55-44, behind five points each from Sadiq and Green. Two Sadiq free throws with 8:33 remaining gave Oklahoma State the 55-44 edge.
The closest the Longhorns would get down the stretch was seven points (55-48) following four consecutive free throws from Cortijo. Again, the Cowgirls countered with another run, this time going on a 14-1 run, paced by back-to-back 3-pointers from Hardeman and four points from Riley. OSU extended its lead to 20 points, 69-49, on two Maria Cordero free throws with four minutes to go.
The Longhorns trailed at the break, 35-26, and were hurt by 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play and by a scoreless streak of nearly seven minutes midway through the period.
Texas led 14-10 with 13:03 to go before the Cowgirls took over the lead for the rest of the half with a 17-2 run, capped by a layup by guard Danielle Green for a 27-16 lead with 5:00 remaining. The lone Longhorn score in that run was a layup by freshman guard Brittainey Raven. Texas had a string of 6:29 where they went 0-for-12 from the field before Raven scored on her putback layup to make the score 23-16 in favor of OSU with 6:34 left. OSU then scored four points to push the lead back to double-digits.
In the first half, OSU turned the ball over just seven times to UT's 10 turnovers. The Cowgirls also had seven steals to UT's one steal, and out-scored Texas 19-4 in points off turnovers. Texas shot just 32 percent from the field, making 10 of 31 field goal attempts. Both teams had 19 rebounds.
Texas returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10 when it hosts Big 12 opponent Kansas at 5 p.m. (CT) at the Frank Erwin Center. The game will be televised on FSNSW (FOX Sports Net Southwest).
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