The Oklahoma State women's basketball team got a crucial win Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in a 76-59 win over Kansas. Oklahoma State had been ranked as high as No. 13 this season, but lost its first to Big 12 games and fell to No 21.
A win was desperately needed and it came over a good Kansas team that is ranked No. 17.
Liz Donohoe scored 24 points for the Cowgirls.She was 7-10 from the field, 2-4 from3-point land and 8-8 from the charity stripe.
Freshman Brittney Martin had her first double double for the Cowgirls, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Toni Young had 15 points for the Cowgirls (12-2, 1-2), and Tiffany Bias also had 14 points. The Cowgirls never trailed against the Jayhawks.
Carolyn Davis led Kansas (11-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Angel Goodrich had 12 points and eight assists.
"Our confidence wasn't real good after the first two games, and I'm really happy about the way they've stayed together and supported each other. I thought it was a total team win tonight. Liz Donohoe was obviously very efficient tonight. I thought she did a good job of using the offense and reading the defense. She was a really smart basketball player tonight," Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.
The team adopted a "four-minute" increment system for the game.
"We've let some leads get away, and we just really stressed to them at each media timeout that they won that four minutes and needed to win the next four minutes. I think it helped us to focus tonight and play one play at a time. We just need to continue to break the game down into four minute segments." Littell said.
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson credited Oklahoma State's determination for the win.
“Credit to Oklahoma State. We said going into it that it’s two starving dogs after the last piece of meat on Earth and they weren't going to give it to us, and they clearly didn't. What they gave us was a punch in the mouth. I’m disappointed we didn't have a better answer.” Henrickson said.