Shooting focused Cowgirls defeat Lamar in hard-fought battle

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Natasha Mack tips off against Emporia State, at Gallagher-Iba Arena, on October 27, 2019.

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team improved its shooting after last weekend’s game against Idaho.

The Cowgirls shot 28-for-65 from the field in its 74-53 victory against Lamar on Friday, in comparison with their 21-for-69 shooting performance last week.

The Cowgirls held a 19-18 lead after the first period. It was the closest the Lady Cardinals got to the top as the Cowgirls never trailed in this contest.

In the second half, the Cowgirls dominated, holding the Lady Cardinals to 23 points, while scoring 34 themselves.

Natasha Mack had a slow start to the game but settled into the game in the second half as she went 8-for-11 and scored 16 pointswith seven rebounds.

Vivian Gray had 26 points and shot 10-for-20 on the day as well as going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  

Earlier in the week, coach Jim Littell praised his team for their defensive prowess against Idaho.

“I was very pleased with how we defended, holding them to 47 points and we had 37 deflections during the course of the game, made it very difficult on their scorers,” Littell said.

The Cowgirls did the same thing against the Lady Cardinals as they forced 20 turnovers and also had  eight blocks.

Coach Littell said OSU needs to work better on its defense.

“We continued to guard and do a good job on the defensive end, we weren’t very good on the first half but the second half we did a lot better job guarding,” Littell said. “We didn’t identify a scorer, we had somebody score 26 against us and I’m a little disappointed on that.”

However, the Cowgirls still struggled to shoot the beyond the arc and went 3-for-13 in the game.

Littell said he’d like his team to make 3-pointers.

“Obviously I’d like to make more of them,” Littell said. “We’re in the gym all the time working on that. I just told our group, if we could find one of you that will step up and make two or three, threes a game that will buy you a lot of playing time. That’s what we’ve got to continue to do. I felt better about shooting 13 threes than we did 33 the last ball game.”

The Cowgirls travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricanes on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“I don’t think that’s who we are, that’s not going to be our identity but, we’ve just got to continue to get in the gym and have our kids work on that and have hopefully all of them but, for sure two or three emerge shooting the basketball better,” Littell said.

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