Texas 72

(21-12, 7-9 Big 12)

(13) Oklahoma State 75

(25-6, 11-5 Big 12)

    9:30 PM ET, March 13, 2008

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    TEX 34 3872
    #13OKST 46 2975

    Top Performers

    Texas: C. Cortijo 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Oklahoma St: A. Riley 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oklahoma State makes sure Texas' rally falls short 

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andrea Riley had 23 points, including the winning layup with 1:18 to play, in Oklahoma State's 75-72 victory over Texas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

    Danielle Green also scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Cowgirls (25-6), who advanced to the title game against fourth-seeded Texas A&M (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) on Saturday night.

    After Kathleen Nash's fourth 3 pointer of the game gave Texas (21-12) a 72-71 lead, Riley drove coast to coast to put Oklahoma State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on top. After neither team could score, Carla Cortijo had a chance to win it for the Longhorns when she drove the lane with 10 seconds left but was whistled for an offensive foul.

    Shaunte' Smith, who took the charge, hit two free throws to put the Cowgirls up by three, and Cortijo then missed a tying 3-pointer as time expired.

    Smith finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds for Oklahoma State, which was the 13th ranked opponent that Texas faced this season.

    The Longhorns, who trailed by 16 points at halftime on Wednesday night before rallying to stun Baylor (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) in the biggest halftime comeback in the history of the tournament, trailed 46-34 at the break before once again turning it around in the second half.

    A day after opening up the final 20 minutes with a 19-3 run to tie the game against the Bears, Texas strung a 16-6 run together to start the second half to pull to 52-50 on a 3-pointer from Cortijo.

    Texas took its first lead since the score was 4-2 when a 3 by Nash gave the Longhorns a 55-54 lead with 13 minutes left in the game.

    After the teams traded baskets, Green hit two straight jumpers and made a pass from the seat of her pants to Riley, who knocked down a 3 from the corner to give Oklahoma State the lead again at 69-67 with 3:50 left.

    Nash and Cortijo led Texas with 14 points each and Earnesia Williams added 12 points and seven boards for the Longhorns, who will await word on their NCAA tournament seed on Monday.

    The Cowgirls led by one point, 11-10, before Texas missed 12 of 14 shots to fall behind 28-14. The 17-4 run by Oklahoma State was fueled by eight points from Riley, including a jumper with 9:04 left in the half that capped the run and forced a timeout from Texas coach Gail Goestenkors.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 75
    FG Made-Attempted 28-71 (.394) 28-67 (.418)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-21 (.429) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-10 (.700) 16-20 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 16

    Game Leaders

    PointsC. Cortijo 14A. Riley 23
    ReboundsA. Lindsey 11S. Smith 16
    AssistsB. Raven 6D. Green 3
    StealsC. Cortijo 2T. Hardeman 2

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