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Oklahoma State held to 29 percent shooting

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- If it was supposed to be a birthday party
for Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, she thought her players seemed a
little bored.

Erin Higgins scored 14 points and Dionnah Jackson added 13 as
Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 70-43 Wednesday night for its 12th
straight win in the Bedlam rivalry game, but Coale wasn't thrilled
with the lack of revelry on her 40th birthday.

The Sooners, who built a 20-point halftime lead, were unable to
pull away from the Cowgirls (5-10, 0-5 Big 12) in the second half.

"I thought somewhere in the middle we played bored," Coale
said. "I didn't think our attention to detail was good. I thought
there were times when we did not continue to get better.

"To fight for conference championships, you absolutely have to
get better every single second you're on the floor."

Erin Andrews had 10 points for the Sooners (10-5, 2-2), who
scored the final nine points of the game.

The Cowgirls committed 13 turnovers and shot only 17 percent in
the first half, but were less error-prone after halftime to keep
from falling farther behind.

"I thought the second half was better offensively," Oklahoma
State coach Julie Goodenough said. "We set better screens and
knocked down some open shots in the second half. The defensive
effort I thought was really good in the second half.

"I was disappointed with the way we finished."

Higgins was 4-for-9 from 3-point range and Oklahoma hit 44
percent of its shots while holding Oklahoma State to 29 percent
shooting.

The Cowgirls were within 54-35 when Nina Stone hit a 3-pointer
from the top of the key to cap a run of six straight points for the
Cowgirls, but they couldn't get significantly closer.

Destanie Sykes scored 12 points -- all in the second half -- to
lead Oklahoma State.

"I thought she was really sticking with the offense and making
hard cuts," Goodenough said. "She was exactly where she needed to
be for kickouts.

"I thought she did a great job of just wanting the ball, being
offensive-minded and ready to score."

Sykes, who hit 5 of 9 shots, was the only Oklahoma State player
in double figures and the only one to hit more than half of her
shots. The Cowgirls were 2-for-15 from 3-point range.

"Every time we set a good screen, we got an open look at the
basket," Goodenough said. "We were trying to create too many
shots individually in the first half. We don't have the personnel
that can create shots. We've got to get open off of screens ...

"I felt like we had people trying to create shots on their own
and we're just not able to do that."

Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to cap a 14-1 run
and give the Sooners a 19-8 lead early in the first half. They
would never trail again.

Higgins started an 11-2 surge with a 3-pointer from the right
wing and Oklahoma led 34-14 at halftime.

After that, the Sooners had little to celebrate -- except for
Coale's birthday.