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No bench, no problem: Shorthanded Cowgirls defeat TCU

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TCU vs Oklahoma State University women's basketball at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on January 6, 2021. (Photo/Gregg Ellman)

The Cowgirls were without five players in the win over TCU and increased their Big 12 win streak to four games with the 78-53 victory

Natasha Mack led the way for the Cowgirls as she finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks, recording the first triple-double for the Cowgirls since 2012.

“All of our kids in our locker room went crazy when they heard her numbers,” coach Jim Littell said. “She is loved by everyone in our locker room.”

Another Cowgirl who contributed significantly to the win was junior guard Ja’Mee Asberry. Asberry finished with 19 points and nine assists, scoring eight of the Cowgirls’ first 10 points, fueling an early 10-2 run.

“Ja’Mee is playing with a great deal of confidence now,” Littell said. “(She) just got us off to a great start and took good shots.”

The dominant start by the Cowgirls in the first quarter wasn’t the only dominant start that they had in this game. Coming out of halftime, the Cowgirls absolutely dominated the third quarter. In the third quarter alone, the Cowgirls scored 28 points and increased their lead to 25 points before heading into the fourth quarter.

“We’ve talked to our team a lot about how you can win a lot of games in the first five minutes of the game and the first five minutes of the second half,” Littell said. “We were good in both of those segments of the game.”

The strong second-half start propelled the Cowgirls to the finish line as they won this game by 25 points and never showed signs of letting up. This is the first 4-0 start in conference play in the Jim Littell era, and the Cowgirls will look to maintain this level of play as they travel to Iowa State on Jan. 13.

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