7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Only one other player in Oklahoma State history scored her 1,000th point before the end of her sophomore season, and she ended up being perhaps the most special player ever at the school. That's the kind of territory Andrea Riley is entering.Riley moved beyond the 1,000-point plateau Saturday night by scoring 21 points and leading Oklahoma State (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to a 73-54 win against Texas Tech.Clinette Jordan, the school's career scoring leader, is the only other player to achieve the feat."I hope she gets 1,000 more, I know that," Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke said. "She's obviously a special player, but she's obviously got special teammates. There's not a lot of people that would allow a freshman to come in, or even a sophomore as she is right now, and take as many shots and not bother team chemistry."Riley also moved into a tie with Jennifer Crow for the second-most points in a season at Oklahoma State, and she needs 35 more points to match Jordan's total of 668 in the 1988-89 season.Riley passed the 1,000-point mark early in the first half, but needed to rally her team after Texas Tech (16-13, 4-11 Big 12) overcame a 10-point deficit to take the lead early in the second half. Her jumper put the Cowgirls ahead 40-39 and also sparked a 12-2 run that didn't end until her jumper in the lane made it 54-41 with 10:02 to play."It made me nervous a little bit, but we found our composure again and our point guard led us, and that was that," said Oklahoma State guard Danielle Green, referring to Riley.Texas Tech was never again closer than 10, and the lead reached 21 on Green's layup with 4:51 remaining. The Cowgirls eventually extended the lead to 22.Oklahoma State scored 19 of its 41 second-half points at the free-throw line, even without Texas Tech resorting to fouls late. Lady Raiders coach Kristy Curry said it seemed like the whole second half was played at Oklahoma State's foul line after Tech had taken the lead."Is it the whistle or is it Texas Tech? I'll have to go back and watch. You have to give Oklahoma State credit because from that point on, they found a way to play the game on their end of the floor, and that's where you want to play it," Curry said.Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Shaunte Smith added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Oklahoma State (22-6, 10-5) overcame a season-high 21 turnovers by outrebounding the Lady Raiders 55-37.Maddy Brown, who'd scored only 22 points in 13 previous games this season, hit four 3-pointers and led Texas Tech with 16 points. Brown missed the first 13 games of the season with a broken left foot.Jordan Murphree added 12 points and Dominic Seals, Tech's leading scorer, finished with nine points on 1-for-10 shooting. That was only a part of the Lady Raiders' post problems.Seals, Stanecia Graham and Erin Myrick went a combined 6-for-20 from the field and 8-for-16 from the line while committing 14 of Tech's 23 turnovers."That is absolutely pathetic. No disgrace, no trying to beat them down, that is the worst display of post play -- with 14 turnovers -- I have ever in my career coached and it is totally unacceptable. They can't even make a free throw," Curry said. "That comes down to effort, and that is so disappointing to see."Green and senior classmate Maria Cordero made early departures. Cordero got an ovation after fouling out with 2:31 remaining and Green got hers when Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke pulled her with 1:37 to play. The rest of Oklahoma State's starter played until the final buzzer.After participating in senior day ceremonies before their final home game, Green and Cordero combined to score the first seven points of Oklahoma State's 10-0 run to open the game.But the Cowgirls soon turned from efficient to sloppy and even careless.Riley fired a behind-the-back pass out of bounds on the fast break, and Oklahoma State committed 15 more turnovers by the end of the first half. Tech turned it over 14 times before halftime and trailed 32-27.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-61 (.295)||23-64 (.359)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-20 (.300)||5-18 (.278)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-20 (.600)||22-30 (.733)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|