2:00 PM ET, December 2, 2006
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Andrea Riley scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 assists as Oklahoma State surpassed its win total from last season with a 78-53 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday at the Bertha Teague Classic.The Cowgirls, who were 6-22 last basketball season, are off to a 7-0 start in coach Kurt Budke's second season."The record last year, that doesn't mean anything," Riley said. "This is a new team with a new attitude."Oklahoma State took the lead with a 13-4 run midway through the first half and led 23-18 after Riley's layup. Rita Kollo and Taylor Hardeman hit back-to-back 3-pointers in an 8-0 run to close the first half and give the Cowgirls a 33-23 halftime edge.The Golden Eagles got within six in the opening moments of the second half, but Oklahoma State pulled away again with a 12-2 run that included seven points from Riley.Maria Cordero added 19 points and 10 rebounds, Rashidat Sadiq scored 13 and Kollo had 10 for the Cowgirls. None of the team's top four scorers played for the Cowgirls last season. Riley is a freshman, Sadiq was redshirting after a transfer from Connecticut and Cordero and Kollo are new transfers."The new kids that we've brought in are winners," Budke said. "They don't care what happened in the past. These kids expect to win every night out."Jenny Hardin led Oral Roberts (5-2) with 19 points, and Elisha Turek added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.Oral Roberts coach Jerry Finkbeiner said he was impressed with Riley's athleticism and Oklahoma State's improved depth in the frontcourt."It's really a great construction job for coach Budke because he has turned things fast," Finkbeiner said.The Cowgirls, who were 0-16 in Big 12 Conference play last season, have six more nonconference games -- including a trip to the Hawaii Invitational -- before beginning conference play."They feel good about it," Budke said. "But again, as coaches we're going to stay on them. We're going to keep competing as coaches because we know what's ahead. We know what's coming in the Big 12."