By Derek Brown
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The rematch of Kansas and Oklahoma State went down the final shot.
With a Cowgirl’s 2-point lead at 76-74 with 11.7 seconds and Kansas’ ball. Jayhawk CeCe Harper drove into the lane and threw up a shot that bounced off of the rim and was batted around until the buzzer sounded for Oklahoma State to come away with a slim win on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“Those kind of games are scary. We need to hit all of our free throws at the end,” Oklahoma State sophomore guard Brittney Martin said. “I’m glad that we had those kind of games so we can learn from them. It makes us work harder I think.”
The first meeting came in Lawrence on Jan. 22, when Oklahoma State won 64-56. The rematch came down to free throws in the closing minute of the game.
Oklahoma State went 22 for 32 from the charity stripe. In return Kansas shot 19 of 24 from the line.
The Cowgirls hit their last 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute of the game to slide by KU.
“We practice free throws every day. It shouldn’t have been anything but in a tough situation it’s hard,” Martin said.
The Cowgirls were able to sweep Kansas this season
OSU moved up to 19-3 and 8-3 in conference play.
Oklahoma State was coming off of a loss to rival Oklahoma last Saturday but was able to shake that off. The Cowgirls are now a perfect 3-0 after a loss.
The game saw 20 fouls for OSU and 21 fouls for Kansas.
The Cowgirls relied on a multitude of players to step up and score the basketball. OSU’s LaShawn Jones dropped in 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting and went 7 of 10 from the line. Jones added seven rebounds and two blocks to her stat sheet.
“LaShawn Jones was a huge factor in (Wednesday’s) game. We challenged her to step up,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.
Martin shot a high percentage going 6 of 8 for 15 points. Martin pulled down six rebounds.
Tiffany Bias dropped in 14 points on a tough night shooting from the floor going 5 of 18. Bias also had five boards and eight assists.
Roshunda Johnson scored 13 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the floor. Johnson went 7 for 10 at the stripe. Johnson also had six assists and four steals. Johnson played 37 minutes on Wednesday night.
“I thought (Johnson) did a nice job and was playing well,” Littell said. “The way they played it dictated (Johnson) playing more minutes.”
The first half was not quite the start that the Cowgirls wanted.
The first 20 minutes saw five lead changes.
Oklahoma State had eight turnovers in the half, but had just four in the second half.
Kansas’ Chelsea Gardner scored 25 points, while Harper chipped in with 15. Asia Boyd scored 13 points. Natalie Night dropped in 12 points.
“In my opinion Chelsea Gardner is the best offensive post player in the Big 12. She showed it again (Wednesday),” Littell said.
Jones scored 13 points in the first half. Martin chipped in eight points in the half.
Gardner dropped in 11 points in the first frame.
The Cowgirls are 2-2 in their last four games. Oklahoma State’s two wins combine for a five point differential.
“We got to play like it’s the championship game. We have to bring our all,” Martin said. “I think we just need to all play hard and be on the same page.”
The Cowgirls will go into Waco, Texas looking to get a win at Baylor at 3 p.m. Sunday. Oklahoma State lost the last showdown between the two teams in a 69-66 home loss in overtime.
“I feel like we’re ready,” Johnson said. “We just have to learn how to finish plays with a big crowd there.”