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Collins' perfectly timed career-high helps OSU win big

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Taylen Collins couldn’t have timed it any better.

The Oklahoma State Cowgirls defeated TCU 69-50 in Stillwater on Saturday afternoon.

Against the Horned Frogs, the freshman, Collins, scored a career-high 19 points, which was exactly the number of points the Cowgirls won by.

“I thought that the aggressiveness of her play was the best that it’s been so far,” OSU coach Jim Littell said.

Collins routinely got downhill and had a number of short looks at the goal, which helped her have an extremely efficient game offensively. She was 7 for 8 from the field and 5-6 from the line.

OSU point guard Ja’Mee Asberry said she always looks to get to give the ball to Collins, whether Collins is having an efficient night or not. Asberry was really proud of her teammate and what it represents to have fellow home-grown talent lighting up the scoreboard.

“I’m really proud of her because we’re both from Oklahoma, and not a lot of Oklahoma kids get recruited to big schools, other schools kind of sleep on us,” Asberry said.

It was not just an aggressive day offensively for Collins, she had seven rebounds and a whopping five steals.

“She always plays good defense,” Littell said. “She was in passing lanes, five steals is a lot of steals.”

The Cowgirls needed big things from Collins in the game. She was one of only eight players available because of Big 12 COVID-19 restrictions. They leaned on Collins, who played 38 minutes in the game.

“To step up and be a third scorer and be aggressive going to the hole and play the way she does is a big plus for (Collins),” Littell said. “She’s got a very high ceiling and there’s a lot of good things that are going to happen in her career.”

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