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March 22, 2012

Oklahoma State advances in the Women's NIT with a 70-57 win over Missouri State

STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman forward Liz Donohoe scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Oklahoma State advanced to the Women's NIT round of eight for the first time in school history with a 70-57 win over Missouri State on Thursday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“That's definitely the best I've felt,” Donohoe said. “Just the crowd and how we were all playing got me going. We just had fun..”

Donohoe had 12 points in the Dec. 8 80-57 win over the Lady Bears in Stillwater. She nearly surpassed that in the first half as the Cowgirls (19-12) took a 31-29 lead into halftime thanks to Vicky McIntyre's turnaround jumper at the buzzer.

“I thought the second half we played well in there for about a seven or eight minute span,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “That was the best we've been all year long, both on the defensive end of the floor and on the offensive end of the floor. ... I thought we really played well. We beat a good basketball team. They're experienced, they're difficult to guard because they throw a lot of shooters at you, and I'm just very proud of the way we played.”

Toni Young tallied 15 points, Lindsey Keller 12  and Vicky McIntyre 11 – two off her season-high – to lead Oklahoma State.

“I 'd be remiss if I didn't say how well Vicky McIntyre played tonight,” Littell said. “I thought by far it was her best game of the year. She was a force offensively and defensively.”

Missouri State struggled to knock down shots, allowing Oklahoma State to push the tempo and go on a 15-0 run in the middle of the second half. Of the 15 straight points scored by the Cowgirls, 12 came from Donohoe and McIntyre.

“We just told them, 'Let's go 1-and-done, get a stop and let's push the basketball,'” Littell said. “We told them at the timeout instead of running plays, let's just go play. ... I thought we got in a real nice flow. We got people open. We shared the basketball and made the extra pass, and you can see the smiles on their faces.”

Littell hopes those smiles continue to shine brightly as Oklahoma State will host former Big 12 foe Colorado, a 48-47 winner over Villanova, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“We haven't looked at either team because we were so focused on this game,” Littell said. “We'll go to work on video and preparing for that. Our group is getting so much better at locking in... I think that's the way we've grown as a team, just how we prepare.”

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