8:00 PM ET, February 5, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke felt like storming the court. In the end, he was a little bit glad Cowgirls fans enjoyed their team's second win against a top 10 team by staying in their seats.Danielle Green scored 16 points and Maria Cordero added 15 points and 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) beat fifth-ranked Baylor 77-67 Tuesday night to snap the Bears' 13-game winning streak.On the same floor where a raucous celebration followed an 82-63 upset over Oklahoma (No. 10) earlier this season, there was a more low-key reaction to this win. After the Cowgirls let the shot clock run out with 6.3 seconds left, Budke walked down the bench slapping high-fives with his players.There was no reason this time to grab a microphone and shout out to the crowd over the public address system. The Cowgirls have arrived."I thought you saw tonight that we played a pretty hard-nosed, tough style and it worked out ... ," Budke said. "This is a great win for our program."Oklahoma State beat a top-five program for only the fourth time in school history, and by the widest margin in those four wins. Along with the wins came 23 losses to top-five teams."When you're playing the No. 5 team in the nation, there's always more adrenaline rushes when you're doing the right things and executing well," said freshman Kristin Hernandez, who scored 14 points for her highest total against a Big 12 opponent.On a poor shooting night by Big 12 scoring leader Andrea Riley, her teammates did much of the damage during a 24-5 run at the end of the first half that sent the Cowgirls (18-3, 6-2 Big 12) into the break with a lead.Riley went 1-for-10 in the opening half, missing all six of her 3-point tries, but she contributed four steals and five assists."Riley was not the difference in the game tonight. We did a very good job on Riley. It was all the other players," Bears coach Kim Mulkey said."When you've got a kid that shoots the ball 23 times and only makes five shots, she didn't beat you."Riley ended up with 15 points on 5-for-23 shooting, and Shaunte Smith got 10 points and a career-best 16 rebounds as Oklahoma State outrebounded the Bears 56-43. The Cowgirls got 23 second-chance points off 20 offensive rebounds.Oklahoma State expanded the lead to as much as 19, and Baylor was never able to get within single digits after halftime."The difference in the game tonight was our post play was nonexistent," Mulkey said. "They just got manhandled physically in rebounding, and I thought that was the difference in the ballgame."The Bears (20-2, 8-1) also got a miserable start from their star point guard, Angela Tisdale. She missed 13 of her first 15 shots before making three in a row to lead a late 13-4 charge that got the Bears within 71-61 in the final 3 minutes.Green made five free throws in the final 2:38 to keep Baylor at bay.Jessica Morrow scored a season-high 24 points, one off her career best, and Tisdale wound up with 19 points on 5-for-20 shooting."They were just playing off of me, and I was missing the shots," Tisdale said. "In the second half, I hit some of them."Mulkey downplayed the loss of starting guard Jhasmin Player, who's out for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in Saturday's win against Kansas State. She said the only impact was in depth, particularly when the Bears also had fellow starters Danielle Wilson and Rachel Allison foul out to stifle their second-half comeback try."I'm one of these coaches that when somebody whoops my butt, it might have something to do with the opponent," Mulkey said.Baylor got off to a strong start, going on a 12-0 spurt featuring three straight 3-pointers, but then allowed Oklahoma State to score the final 14 points before halftime.It was the Cowgirls' first win against Baylor in the teams' last 10 meetings.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-65 (.323)||26-71 (.366)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-26 (.346)||7-24 (.292)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-21 (.762)||18-30 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|