A number of things can define a team over the course of a season.
Having the ability to claw and fight is vital for any team and was for No. 15 Oklahoma State as it captured the victory on senior night by defeating Kansas State, 67-62.
“Proud of the kids that they found a way to come back and win the basketball game,” coach Jim Littell said. “We tied the most conference wins in school history and we’re moving in the right direction.”
The win not only assured at least a tie for third place in the Big 12, but sent Tiffany Bias, Kendra Suttles and Kamri Anderson off on a good note. Bias said that she tried her best to not let he emotions get the best of her throughout the game.
“It was mixed emotions, but I was able to hold them back,” Bias said. “I’ve had great support my whole four years here and it’s been a great experience being and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out, but with a win.”
The Cowgirls (22-6, 11-6) opened the game streaky, but so did the Wildcats. Both teams’ shots weren’t falling to begin the game. As a result, OSU went into halftime with a 36-23 lead following four unanswered points by Tiffany Bias in the final 20 seconds of the half.
A 3-pointer by Liz Donohoe put the Cowgirls up by 11 with 11:31 to go in the second half. But the Wildcats answered immediately.
The run was sparked by a steal by Ashia Woods and then an outlet pass to Leticia Romero, who finished strong at the other end. That play sparked a run in which Romero and Ashlynn Knoll combined for 13 of 15 points. Knoll scored 11 during the run, including the game-tying layup with 5:57 left.
“21 (Knoll) killed us, she’s really strong and none of us could guard her,” Brittany Martin said. “We tried to do what we could do, but she was strong.”
The Wildcats (11-17, 5-12) and the Cowgirls traded blows for the next two minutes, going back-and-forth, exchanging momentum shifts. But Brittany Martin was able to pick-pocket the Wildcats three different times, including two inbounds plays that gave OSU a 59-57 lead.
Martin says although the team hasn’t worked on the press break much, she still enjoys it.
“I like that stuff,” Martin said. “We don’t really practice it, so it’s really cool to try something new.”
That defensive play gave OSU the edge and sealed the victory. Martin, Bias, Donohoe and Atkins all registered double-figure contests. Martin recorded her second straight double-double with her 13-point, 13-rebound effort.
The Cowgirls won’t get much of a break, though. They head to Austin, Texas, to face the Longhorns for the final regular-season game before the conference tournament.
“We’re going to have practice tomorrow and have a good scout on them,” Bias said. “We need to get our rest tomorrow and we’ve played them before so I think we’ll be ready.”