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Cowgirls’ season ends in Round of 32 after loss to Stanford

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After being ranked the eighth best team in the Big 12 preseason poll, the Cowgirls went on a run.

This run included the Cowgirls winning 13 out of their 18 games in Big 12 play.

This run included earning a No. 3-seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

This run even included earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament and winning a game in the tournament.

The Cowgirls exceeded expectations all season long but their historic season came to an end Tuesday night in San Antonio at the hands of Stanford.

The Cowgirls came out of the gates strong and trailed by just one point going into the second quarter after a buzzer beater by Ja’Mee Asberry to end the quarter.

The Cowgirls were within striking distance and were not going to let the 1-seeded Stanford get an easy win.

They were going to fight.

After playing an excellent first quarter, the Cowgirls destiny for the season was determined in the second quarter.

The Cowgirls were outscored 25-11 in the second quarter and trailed 42-27 at halftime.

A score that is manageable, but not easy to come back from.

“We didn’t play as well as we were capable of,” coach Jim Littell said. “But credit them. They got hot.”

After a tough second quarter, the Cowgirls cut the lead to 13 points in the middle of the third quarter, but it was too little too late.

The Cowgirls didn’t cut the lead to less than 10 points until there was around one minute remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Cowgirls season had come to an end.

Per usual, Natasha Mack finished with a double-double as she scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but it wasn’t enough for the Cowgirls to take down the Cardinal.

“Our kids kept competing and fighting hard and battled back and played pretty well in the second half,” Littell said.

The Cowgirls competed and fought all season long.

They beat teams that no one thought they could beat and had a historic season in front of all of our eyes.

“We had a Cinderella season,” Mack said. “People picked us to be at the bottom but we told them, ‘Nah; we’re going to be great.’ We stuck together.”