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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 12:00 am

Freshman center Vicky McIntyre was a little frustrated following the Cowgirls' game against Baylor on Sunday.

Following the 84-57 loss to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, McIntyre approached coach Kurt Budke.

"She came up to me after our little meeting at the end of the game and said, ‘Coach, I'm sorry I let you down,'" Budke said. "She didn't let me down. I thought she played great but that is just who she is."

Facing pre-season All-American center Brittney Griner, McIntyre still had a team-leading 12 points and three blocks.

Because those numbers came against Griner, who leads the nation with 4.9 blocks per game, Budke said he was impressed with her effort.

"Vicky was excited about the opportunity to go score on her," Budke said. "Brittney blocked her every once in a while, but then she kind of learned from it and changed her move up the next time around."

McIntyre was not the only Cowgirl to score in double figures, as Lindsey Keller and Kendra Suttles had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Keller has experience going against Griner. She said she forgets about the hype and remembers it is just about basketball.

"I played against her while I was in high school and AAU," Keller said. "Honestly, you just have to look at it like she is just another player. You have done it before, and you can do it again."

This concludes a stretch for the Cowgirls, where they have faced five top 25 teams in the last seven games, including two losses to Baylor.

Budke said losing six of seven has been tough on the team, but spirits will remain high heading down the stretch.

"(I told them) 99 percent of America is going to lose those games," Budke said. "So just hang in there, keep fighting, keep getting better, keep practicing hard every day, and we will see what we can do in these final eight (games)."

That begins with a home game against unranked Texas Tech on Wednesday, and Keller said the team is ready to turn its season around.

"I think we have really gone through the gauntlet here," Keller said. "Hopefully, we can pick it up here the last stretch and finish strong."