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N'yah Boyd being introduced in the starting lineups. 

Defense was key in Oklahoma State’s 44-40 comeback win against Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Shooting: C-

The Cowgirls shot just 18-61 (29.5%) from the field but improved each quarter as the game went on. In the first quarter they shot 20%, but in the fourth quarter they shot 43%. One key for the Cowgirls in the fourth quarter was not attempting a three-pointer. They did not hit a single three-pointer throughout the game going 0-10.

“Not very often do you see 30% shooting, 0-10 from three and under 50% from the line and find a way to win.” coach Jim Littell said. “I’m proud of our group for that.”

N’Yah Boyd: B+

The North Texas transfer has found a flow in the Cowgirl offense, and it has been a different way each game. Boyd found her role with assists, defensive pressure and rebounds. Boyd accounted for seven of the 10 assists for the Cowgirls with five coming during the second half Cowgirl surge offensively and had seven total rebounds. Defensive intensity was key, especially in the third quarter, and that is where Boyd shined the most in Wednesday’s game.

“Everything we do defensively starts with the pressure that you put on the ball and N’Yah’s picking up somebody in the backcourt the whole game.” Littell said. “What we do defensively, a big part of that starts with N’Yah Boyd.”

Defense: A

Coming into the game, Missouri State had three players averaging double-digit points. On Wednesday, the Cowgirl defense allowed no Lady Bear to get into double-digits. The defensive intensity picked up after halftime and allowed the Cowgirls to get back into the game. The Lady Bears shot 5-36 (13.8%) from the field and had only 13 points in the second half.

“Coach Sutton and Mr. Iba would be proud of those types of games with the way we guarded and sometimes you just have to find a way to win," Littell said. 

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