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3 takeaways: Cowgirls look resilient against Missouri State

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Lauren Fields celebrates with her coaches and teammates after an and-one layup in the fourth quarter.

On a night that was far more important than a mere basketball game, Oklahoma State was able to show resilience and fight off Missouri State, winning 44-40.

OSU can dominate on the defensive end of the court

When the buzzer sounded to end the first half, things did not look good for the Cowgirls. They had only mustered 15 points, and trailed by 12. When they came back out for the second half, the Cowgirls played like a completely different team, only allowing two points in the third quarter, and 13 for the whole half. In fitting fashion, the Lady Bears had a shot to tie, but Lauren Fields broke through a screen and blocked the shot, securing an OSU win.

OSU is best when Taylen Collins is the focal point on offense

Not only was Collins the Cowgirls leader in rebounds for the second straight game on Wednesday, but she was also the team's leader in points for the first time this season.

Collins completely took the game over in the second half, scoring 12 of her 16 points, all while dominating the glass. Over the last two games, Collins has looked like what she did last season and OSU has found themselves with a win. 

OSU is resilient

This was the second time in this season the Cowgirls have found themselves digging out of a hole after the first quarter. The Cowgirls were able to come all the way back through scrappy defense and the dominant play of Collins down the stretch to win. Coach Jim Littell has been adamant the collectiveness of the team is what will get them far this season, and on Wednesday night, they epitomized that on the defensive end.

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