STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State senior forward Lindsey Keller said going in that the game against Iowa State was a statement game for the Cowgirls.
The entire Big 12 Conference heard that statement loud and clear as 17th-ranked Oklahoma State blew out No. 24 Iowa State 71-42 Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“This was a big respect game,” Oklahoma State junior guard Tiffany Bias said. “I think that we came out ready to play and focused. We executed our plays and I think that we should get the respect we deserve, so this was a big statement game for us.”
Liz Donohoe scored 18 points – including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc – while also tallying 8 rebounds to help lead Oklahoma State (14-2, 3-2) to its third-straight conference win. Bias also tallied a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists, while Kendra Suttles scored a season-high 12 points.
But it was the defense and subsequent transition offense that led to the blowout.
“Our defense definitely led to some transition,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “We had not run the ball as much lately, but it was good to see Tiffany Bias go out and have some fun. Twelve points, 11 assists, 2 turnovers and 3 steals — that's more than my career numbers were.”
Despite a little bit of a slow start with four turnovers in the first 8 minutes, the Cowgirls put the game away early by holding Iowa State to two field goals over the final 10:13 of the first half. Oklahoma State's offense also provided plenty of fireworks, knocking down four 3-pointers on four straight trips down the floor as the Cowgirls ended the half on a 16-5 run to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.
“(We) set the tone with one of the first plays of the game when Lindsey stopped (Chelsea) Poppens with great post defense,” Bias said. “It got us all riled up and ready to play. When one person gets up and gets the ball stopped or knocks the ball away, it just gets us excited and up in the passing lanes more."