STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- A pair of quick 3-pointers by Erin
Higgins was all Oklahoma needed to get past a dreadful fit of
shooting woes and beat Oklahoma State.
Higgins hit 3-pointers on the Sooners' first two possessions and
Oklahoma never trailed in a 69-58 win against Oklahoma State on
Thursday night. It was just what the Sooners needed after shooting
13 percent and making only four shots in the second half of a 72-36
loss at Texas last time out.
"When I hit them early on, it kind of felt like we could all
breathe again," Higgins said. "I felt like it kind of gave us a
little bit of energy. We had a little spurt there."
Higgins added a jumper from the left side for an early 17-7
Sooners lead, but Oklahoma State -- which had lost the last six
Bedlam games by an average of 28.7 points -- weren't done. The
Cowgirls (7-19, 2-14 Big 12) answered with eight straight points
and pulled within two after a pair of free throws from Destanie
They responded again after trailing by 12 points at halftime and
pulled within 43-39 on a free throw by Taleesha Conder.
Then Higgins and the Sooners (16-11, 8-8) took control.
Lauren Shoush scored off an offensive rebound and Dionnah
Jackson hit four free throws to stretch the lead to 10, and Higgins
drilled her fourth 3-pointer of the game to make it 52-41.
Higgins, coming off a scoreless game at Texas, said she was able
to get open because of better ball movement.
"We were moving pretty fast, but we had the ball slowed down
enough to where it could find me," Higgins said. "That's always a
plus. If I'm moving real fast and the ball's moving fast, we're not
going to meet up."
Leah Rush added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sooners,
Jackson scored 14 and Shoush finished with 10 points. Shoush also
hit a 3-pointer from the left side to make it 67-54 and ice the
"I thought Shoush made a number of really good plays tonight,"
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "Offensive rebounds, assists,
scrambles for the loose ball, backdoor cuts. She did a great job of
moving without the basketball, and that's what put her in position
to get those offensive boards. That 3 was big."
Oklahoma, which shot 42 percent and outrebounded Oklahoma State
42-28, has won the last 13 games in the Bedlam rivalry and leads
the all-time series 41-34.
Senior Nina Stone, who scored nine of the Cowgirls' first 12
points after halftime to help close the gap, had 18 points to lead
Oklahoma State in her final game at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
"Nina was in her offensive mode tonight really looking for
scoring opportunities," Cowgirls coach Julie Goodenough said.