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OSU VS SNU Girls Basketball

Lexy Keys after making a 3 point shot. 

Lexy Keys hit a knockdown three from the corner.

Then she did it again.

On Thursday, Keys’ back-to-back threes helped spark a struggling Oklahoma State offense in exhibition game versus Southern Nazarene University, leading to a Cowgirls 64-40 win at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. 

The Cowgirls started slow, with forward Taylen Collins committing three fouls, forcing her to sit out most of the first half. The team collectively turned the ball over five times and shot 35% from the field in the first quarter.

Then, Keys’ three's finally gave the Cowgirls what they needed. One came in the right corner from a setup play out of the break and the other was off a forward Abbie Winchester offensive rebound kicked out to Keys on the left wing.

In the second quarter, the Cowgirls outscored the Crimson Storm 21-6 and ran away with the game from that point.

Keys stacked up the stat sheet versus SNU, leading the team in scoring with 16 points, assists with six and in minutes with 36. She also ended the game with three steals and six rebounds.

After the game, head coach Jim Littell discussed the play from Keys tonight.

“She’s got a little spurt to her game and she’s a pleaser," Littell said. "She wants to do everything that we ask and she’s gotta play full out all the time; She’s capable of that and we ask our guards to rebound and I thought she did a nice job on both ends of the floor and helping us on the glass as well.”

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