The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (12-8 overall, 3-5 Big 12) lost another close one to TCU on Wednesday. Here’s how they graded.
Scoring/Shot selection: A-
TCU’s (15-4, 6-2) high-pressure defense just keeps you guessing — the Horned Frogs run so many different sets. Whether it’s the 1-3-1 full-court press, the twilight zone or a man-to-man defense the Horned Frogs keep you on your toes. The ultra-energetic defense made things difficult for the Cowgirls, but they remained poised. The Cowgirls pushed the ball in transition and found the right shots, but most importantly, they hit their 3s. OSU had a field day going 6-for-11 beyond the arc for a season-high 54.5%. TCU’s defense was all over the court, and it forced the Cowgirls to beat them from deep, which they did.
Passing/Ball security: A-
TCU’s rotations were almost pitch-perfect on Wednesday so it was going to take some excellent passing to find good looks. The Cowgirls accomplished that feat and put themselves in prime position to win. When the Horned Frogs fronted the post, OSU made perfect entry passes lobbing the ball over the defender. When TCU doubled, the Cowgirls made smart, savvy passes. The big issue against the Horned Frogs was the turnovers. OSU had 14 - which doesn’t necessarily jump off the page - but many of them were self-inflicted.
There are two sides to any coin. The Cowgirls were slightly outrebounded by a 42-39 margin, but it went both ways. There were possessions where OSU dominated the board and were relentless attacking the glass, and there were others where TCU did the same. The intensity was inconsistent. Still, with Natasha Mack and Kassidy De Lapp out with injury, the entire team crashed the glass hard — everyone played a part, it just wasn’t the same rebounding intensity the Cowgirls display.
As they’ve done all season, the Cowgirls continued to play strong defense. Against TCU’s four-guard lineup had the Cowgirls continued to pressure ball handlers and force mistakes, but with De Lapp and Mack out, there was no rim protector in. The Cowgirls finished with only three blocks on the game, which is a far cry from the gaudy block numbers they were putting up to begin the season. Still, they limited the Horned Frogs to 34.8% shooting from the floor with some excellent perimeter defense and timely rotations.
This is the fourth straight game that has come down to the last possession or two. The Cowgirls have gone 1-3 during that stretch. The Cowgirls play hard on both sides of the ball, but they’ve struggled to close out games in conference play. Sometimes it’s self-inflicted turnovers, other times it’s because of a lack of firepower, but it’s always been disappointing. It was back-and-forth for most of the game, but OSU’s late-game woes came back to bite them once again.