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February 26, 2014

Cyclones crush Cowgirls in home contest

STILLWATER, Okla. — Iowa State found its groove from beyond the 3-point line and that is where the Cyclones lived.

Oklahoma State hosted the Cyclones on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Iowa State hit 15 long-distance shots which paced the way for an 86-69 upset win over the No. 15 ranked Cowgirls.

“We got beat off the dribble, we got beat off the 3, we got beat in about every phase of the game that we can,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.

OSU (21-6 and 10-6 in the Big 12) trailed by 18 with 16:19 to play. The Cowgirls were able to go on a run to pull within five points down 55-50 after Liz Donohoe hit a 3-pointer with 10:36 to play. Iowa State was able to cut the rally short and come away with the win.

“I thought we showed great energy getting back in the game and then we had three horrific mistakes,” Littell said. “All of a sudden it goes from six to about 14 before you know what’s going on and then you’re out of the game.”

Oklahoma State came into the game as the top team in the Big 12 in defending the 3-point shot. OSU has allowed just 25 percent against Big 12 opponents. Iowa State (19-8 and 8-9 in the Big 12) was just fifth in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, averaging 33 percent. In the first meeting between ISU and OSU the Cowgirls held Iowa State to just 3 of 17 from 3-point range. But on Wednesday night the Cyclones had a tremendous night shooting from a distance, going 15 of 36 as the Cowgirls shot just 2 for 14 from beyond the arc.

“It was execution on their part and a lack of following the game plan on our part. We were supposed to run some kids off of 3s and not leave them at all,” Littell said.

The Cyclones were able to find open shots all night and ended  with four players in double digit points. ISU also had Nikki Moody who scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 10 assists. Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley led all scorers with 26 points. Buckley went 7 of 12 and 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Hallie Christofferson and Brynn Williamson both dropped in 17 points. Seanna Johnson added 14 points in the win.

The Cowgirls pressed Iowa State in the second half. Oklahoma State’s pressure helped to get OSU back into the game at first but Iowa State was able to pull ahead.

“We hadn’t worked on (the press) at all. It got them to speed up and they weren’t in that control rhythm,” Littell said.

Oklahoma State also had four players in double figures with LaShawn Jones leading the Cowgirl charge with 17 points.

Donohoe and Brittney Martin both scored 14.

Martin had 10 of Oklahoma State’s 23 first half points. Martin was strong on the glass with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Martin had just four points in the final 20 minutes.

“I don’t know what happened. Sometimes you’re on and sometimes you’re off,” Martin said.

Donohoe had two fouls in the first half and found herself on the bench for much of the first half. Donohoe hit a streak at the 15:14 mark of the second half after hitting her first bucket of the night. Donohoe went from zero points to 10 points in 2:11. Donohoe ended the night shooting 4 of 8 from the floor.

“As an individual you can’t play a half against a team like that and then feel good about playing good in the second half. It doesn’t work with a team like this,” Littell said.

Tiffany Bias added 10 off of a tough shooting night going 2 for 9.

“I think they were just switching out on everything and I wasn’t attacking as much as I needed to,” Bias said.

Oklahoma State now has just two games left on the schedule with Kansas State and Texas. Oklahoma State dropped to 10-6 in Big 12 play – which is one game above Texas for the third seed. The Cowgirls will play Kansas State at 2 p.m. Saturday and Texas on Monday.

“The first step is to get K-State on Saturday and that’s all we’re going to be concerned about,” Littell said. “I think probably what you have to do is win at Texas, too.”

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