Oklahoma State held on to a small lead in the second half and beat Texas Tech 59-54 Saturday, March 9, 2013. Texas Tech cut the deficit to one with just over a minute left, but Oklahoma State responded by hitting six consecutive foul shots down the stretch to take the win.
The Cowgirls closed out the first half on a 16-5 run and led 24-19 at the half. Oklahoma State never trailed in the second half, but never led by more than five points.
Oklahoma State is to play No. 1 Baylor at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Cowgirls were swept by Texas Tech in the regular season, but managed to pull out a win on a neutral court. Both teams are 21-9 overall.
Oklahoma State had four players in double figures. Kendra Suttles scored 16, Brittney Martin had 14, Liz Donohoe had 13 and Toni Young scored 11. When Young takes the floor Sunday she will have her 131st start, which will tie her for the most in Oklahoma State history. Regardless of the outcome of the game with Baylor, the Cowgirls will likely see some post season action.
Martin also locked down Texas Tech's Chynna Brown, holding her to four points and grabbing a career high seven steals.
After the game Oklahoma coach Jim Littell said:
We had lost two times previous to Texas Tech. And every time this year that we have lost to an opponent, other than Baylor, we found a way to come back and win. It took three times to do that against a very good and very experienced Tech team. They have got four seniors, and they just know how to play, and they caused us a great deal of difficulty. But I thought our team really competed very well tonight. Did a lot of good things. I don't think you've got to look any further than what Brittany Martin did for us tonight. She did a great job locking up Chynna Brown. That was the concern going into the game. Chynna had hurt us two previous games. Started her all night long, held her to four points, and Brittney had a career-high seven steals and was very good on the offensive end.