8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Winning 22 straight home games against nonconference opponents wasn't enough to keep coach Kurt Budke from coming out of the Oklahoma State locker room alone.After Danielle Green scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Cowgirls (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) to an 83-65 win against Oral Roberts on Friday night, Budke had a message to get across to his players."There's just no excuses. They outplayed us and out-toughed us most of the night, and we've got to get better," Budke said. "There's not a lot of teams that we would have beat in the Big 12 tonight, and I want our girls to see the big picture on this."Wins are nice, but we've got to get to another level if we're going to win the Big 12."With only Saturday night's game against Texas Southern between Oklahoma State (11-1) and the start of conference play, Budke wants his team to get focused on improving quickly.He didn't bring any of his players to speak to reporters after the game, and said he could provide the team's perspective on their behalf."We've got no finals right now and we've got no school right now, and we're going to get to know each other real well in the next week," Budke said.The Cowgirls (11-1) played well enough in spurts to overcome a one-point first half by leading scorer Andrea Riley and a career-best 23 points from Oral Roberts forward Janae Voelker.After Riley went to the bench with two fouls, Oklahoma State went on a 19-3 run just before halftime and took a 44-26 lead when Kristin Hernandez weaved her way into the lane and converted a layup.Mariana Camargo ended a nearly 6-minute field goal drought for Oral Roberts with a layup at the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to 16."If you're looking for one positive tonight, it's there when your leading scorers are on the bench and struggling in the first half," Budke said. "We got that spread, and that's pretty much the spread that won the game."I'll give you one positive tonight, and that's it."Riley, who leads the Big 12 with a 20.6-point average, ended up with 19 points and seven assists and Maria Cordero added 15 points for Oklahoma State.Jenny Hardin had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles (7-5), who also have a loss to Texas Tech in their current three-game losing streak. Oral Roberts, the defending champions of the newly renamed Summit League, had won three straight against Oklahoma State before losing the past two seasons."Even though we don't have any seniors, I think we're better than we're playing right now, so I hate to lose these games," Oral Roberts coach Jerry Finkbeiner said. "These are what I call opportunity games. ... They're the real deal. Their coaches have turned the program around, and it's an opportunity game. If we could ever hang one up over here, we're definitely the benefactors. We don't want to come over and lose."Hardin got the Golden Eagles within 10 when she capped a run of six straight points midway through the second half, but Oklahoma State responded immediately with a 15-5 surge to put the game away.Cordero's three-point play with 6:26 remaining gave Oklahoma State a 69-49 cushion.Riley had eight points after that to pad her scoring total. She also matched a season high with six turnovers."I think she pressed just a little bit, and she's got to understand that she's got other people out there that can get it done for us, and I think that 5 minutes before halftime kind of proved it," Budke said.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-59 (.407)||30-63 (.476)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-20 (.300)||6-12 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-16 (.688)||17-22 (.773)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|