Riley scores 35, including late free throws, to lead Oklahoma St. past So. Miss

LAS VEGAS -- Andrea Riley scored 35 points, and Oklahoma State (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) held off Southern Mississippi 75-72 Friday in the Desert Draw women's tournament hosted by UNLV.

Riley was 7-of-13 from the field and 19-of-25 from the foul line for the Cowgirls (6-2).

Candace Rucker led Southern Mississippi (5-6) with 24 points, and Pauline Love added 13.

A layup by Amber Eugene cut Oklahoma State's lead to 71-70 in the late going, but Riley's accuracy at the foul line in the final minute kept the Cowgirls ahead.

Oklahoma State scored the game's first nine points, but Southern Mississippi bounced back to take a 24-23 lead before the Cowgirls finished the first half on a 12-4 run for a 35-28 lead.