Phoenix Staff Reports
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma badly and left the Sooners beat up, too.
Liz Donohoe had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help the 12th-ranked Cowgirls defeat Oklahoma 73-57 Sunday afternoon. Kendra Suttles scored 13 points and Tiffany Bias had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Cowgirls (20-4, 9-4 Big 12),
Oklahoma State avenged an 81-74 loss in Norman on Feb. 1, in part, by winning the rebounding battle 48-31. The Cowboys brought a hard-nosed approach from the beginning.
“We had to set the tone real early because that’s what they did to us at OU,” Oklahoma State center LaShawn Jones, who scored 11 points, said.
Aaryn Ellenberg, the Sooners’ top scorer this season, left the game with 5:32 remaining after a hard screen from Suttles and did not return. Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said Ellenberg’s nearest teammate couldn’t see the play developing at first and called the pick too late, leaving the 5-foot-7 Ellenberg to crash into a 6-foot-1 brick wall. The Big 12’s No. 3 scorer with more than 18 points per game stayed on the ground near midcourt and was assisted for several minutes before being helped off the court. Coale didn’t give specifics about the injury but said Ellenberg’s status was “not good.”
Oklahoma State had given up at least 74 points in its previous three games, but the Cowgirls came back and held the Sooners to 33 percent shooting overall and 27 percent in the second half.
“I think the past couple of games our defense has been slacking,” Bias said. “We really got in this week and worked on that.”
OSU, which had lost two of three, never trailed. All five Oklahoma State starters scored in double figures while all five of Oklahoma’s starters failed to score at least 10 points.
Nicole Kornet scored 14 points for Oklahoma, her second-best point total of the season. Sharane Campbell, who scored a career-high 28 points in the previous meeting, finished with six for the Sooners (15-11, 6-7). Oklahoma State dominated in the effort department, which bothered Coale.
“Absolutely unacceptable for a team that wears Oklahoma across its jersey,” she said. “Unacceptable.”
Oklahoma State ran out to an 11-2 lead. The Sooners missed four of their first five shots and committed four turnovers in the first five minutes.
A basket by Campbell cut Oklahoma State’s advantage to 23-19, leading Oklahoma State to call timeout.
Oklahoma continued its surge, and a 3-pointer by Kornet tied the score at 27. The Cowgirls held off the rally and closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a 34-27 lead at the break. Oklahoma State grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in the first half and scored 13 second-chance points.
Oklahoma State opened the second half with a 9-0 run that pushed the lead out to 43-27. A putback by Donohoe minutes later bumped the lead to 20, and the Cowgirls led by double digits the rest of the way.
“It’s a great feeling,” Bias said. “We lost it down there, and to come back and win it (at home) feels great.”