Once the Cowgirls got word that Gallagher-Iba Arena would be sold out, they needed no more motivation
“We did get news that it was sold out, well, that 25% was sold out, so I think it was our turn to put on a show,” OSU point guard Ja’Mee Asberry said.
A sold-out COVID-19 restricted crowd looking for a show was not disappointed, as the Oklahoma State Cowgirls defeated the Texas Tech Lady Raiders 75-48 on Saturday night in Stillwater.
Part of the reason why the Cowgirls played in their first sold-out venue of the season was because former Cowgirls Vivian Gray and Bryn Gerlich, who transferred to TTU prior to the season, were making their return to Stillwater.
The Cowgirls had no problem filling the shoes of their leading scorer a year ago, Gray, in the game. Asberry was phenomenal for the Cowgirls, scoring a career-high 28 points including going 6-6 from three.
“Hats off to Ja’Mee Asberry though,” OSU senior Natasha Mack said, “She came to play.”
Aside from Asberry, it wasn’t an exceptional night offensively for the Cowgirls, but their defense more than made up for a rough shooting night.
“I thought we played really good on the defensive end of the floor and a special effort by our kids,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “We made every shot difficult…our kids switched when they needed to, the talk was good, the effort level was good.”
Prior to the game in Stillwater, Texas Tech scored 100 points against Incarnate Word, and had averaged 76 points per game. The Cowgirls knew limiting the Lady Raider talented scoring trio of Vivian Gray, Alexis Gordon and Alexis Tucker would be critical to a win.
The Cowgirls limited the trio to just 26 points while holding Gray to 10 and Gerlich to just 3.
Littell said that the Cowgirls prepared really well to face the TTU, giving a lot of credit to the younger players on his team who did a great job of running the scout team in practice to simulate TTU’s offense.
“Victories earned are sweet, and I thought our team earned this, Littell said.”