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Three takeaways from OSU’s 70-51 loss at Baylor

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Oklahoma State guard Neferatali Notoa, center, drives between Baylor guard DiJonai Carrington , left, and guard Moon Ursin, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

Cowgirl coach Jim Littell speaks to the media after OSU's 70-51 loss to Baylor.

Nothing came easy for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team as the regular season concluded in Waco. Here are three quick thoughts from the Cowgirls’ loss.

Another day in the office for Mack

With plenty of Cowgirls shooting inefficiently, the burden fell to Mack to produce. Her response? An 18-point, 18-rebound performance on 9-for-19 shooting.

Mack swatted away one shot, a shockingly low number for what Mack is accomplishing. Perhaps Baylor looked to negate the rim protecting prowess within its game plan.

Then again, the Lady Bears tallied 46 points in the paint.

Cowgirls rally from 16-2 hole to lead

The Cowgirls looked lost at times in the early going, producing two points in the first 6:31. Afterward, OSU kicked into gear for a solid response.

Mack scored after Brittany Reeves gathered an offensive rebound, Ja’Mee Asberry imposed a 5-0 run and OSU made its push to get a 21-18 lead.

OSU coach Jim Littell said the moment showed the Cowgirls scrappiness.

“We fought hard,” Littell said. “It would have been real easy to give up and not compete at that point, but I thought our kids did. But then we just wasted a lot of our effort, and the positive things that we did by not blocking out, by turning the ball over, by shooting a wild shot, which put them in transition.”

Long break incoming

Most teams have games to make up between now and the Big 12 Tournament. The Cowgirls are the exception.

Now, the Cowgirls are off until March 11, when the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals begin in Kansas City. OSU doesn’t know its finishing place, but can finish no lower than fourth as things stand.

“It is a challenge that we don’t have games for the next, basically, 16 days,” Littell said. “So, as coaches, we’ve got to be good, but the players have got to be really good. That there’s a commitment to want to get better over the next 15 or 16 days.”

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