Ja’Mee Asberry took the ball in stride and maneuvered through the TCU defense.
In the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team’s 69-50 victory against TCU, Asberry continued her trend of organizing quality possessions with a large workload.
She accelerated as she neared the left side of the paint; Asberry noticed an open Bigue Sarr at the right block. Staring at the left corner, Asberry forced the defender to compensate, freeing Sarr to catch a no-look pass for an assist.
“I knew I was going to give it to her as soon as I got my head up and seen her, she was running,” Asberry said. “I mean, I’ve got to reward the runner.”
The Cowgirls entered with only eight players and played TCU for the second time in four days. OSU (9-2 overall, 5-0 in Big 12) utilized two substitutes in the first three quarters and seemingly controlled the Horned Frogs.
Natasha Mack earned a foul early, thrusting Sarr into the game. OSU managed the minutes without Mack well, as Taylen Collins scored a career-high 19 points and Asberry produced 16. Collins’ mindset played a role in her career-high performance.
“Playing a team back-to-back is always difficult to do,” Collins said. “And I kind of had that in my head, had that in my mindset. Tonight, I just felt like I was taking whatever they gave me.”
TCU (5-5, 0-5) struggled to produce stops in the paint and OSU willingly took advantage to the tune of 38 points inside. When the Horned Frogs did get stops, they didn’t capitalize on offense.
The Cowgirls stifling defense proved problematic. OSU blocked four shots and didn’t foul shooters. TCU didn’t cause the depleted Cowgirls roster many issues either. When OSU fouled, it was on the floor.
The Horned Frogs didn’t attempt a free throw.
TCU’s Lauren Heard scored 22 points but shot an inefficient 9-of-23 from the field. No other Horned Frogs scored in double figures. OSU coach Jim Littell understood Heard’s impact on the Horned Frogs before Saturday’s game.
“We knew their kids would come in here and fight,” Littell said. “I knew especially Heard was (going to play hard). She’s a really good player that scores at three levels…We knew and told our kids that they’d come in, that they’d compete and they’d play hard.”
The fourth quarter didn’t favor OSU, as TCU outscored the Cowgirls 14-6. Littell didn’t like the finish, but the result is a different story.
“I’m excited to go to 5-0,” Littell said. “We’ve taken care of business and had a lot of good things defensively…We just did a good job.”