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January 22, 2014

No. 8 Oklahoma State women top Kansas 64-56


Associated Press

— LAWRENCE, Kan.  — Tiffany Bias scored 14 points and Liz Donohoe added 12 points and 10 rebounds as No. 8 Oklahoma State beat Kansas 64-56 on Wednesday night.

Brittany Atkins added 11 points for the Cowgirls (17-1, 6-1 Big 12), who trailed 10 minutes into the second half. A layup by Bias gave Oklahoma State a 46-45 lead — its first lead since 5-4 less than 4 minutes into the first half.

Kansas briefly regained the lead on a layup by CeCe Harper, but the Cowgirls took it right back on another layup by Bias.

Chelsea Gardner scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-10, 2-5).

The Jayhawks were trying to knock off an opponent ranked in the top 10 for the second time in a span of a few days after upsetting then-No. 7 Baylor on Sunday.

A layup by Gardner gave Kansas a 43-37 lead six minutes into the second half, and it looked as though Kansas might pull an upset. But Donohoe sandwiched two jumpshots around a layup by Harper for Kansas, and Roshunda Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Cowgirls within a point at 45-44. Bias took over from there with her two layups. She also turned a steal into a layup and drew a critical foul with 1 second on the shot clock later in the half.

Another jumper from Donohoe put Oklahoma State up five with 2:30 remaining as Kansas’ poor shooting derailed its hopes for an upset. Asia Boyd hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left — Kansas’ first field goal in almost 9 minutes — but that was the Jayhawks’ only field goal after Harper’s layup. The Jayhawks were 7 of 30 from the field in the final half.

With the victory, the Cowgirls won five straight Big 12 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The Jayhawks used a 14-2 run to erase an early deficit in the first half and grab a 14-7 lead, but the Cowgirls’ jump shooting allowed them to slowly chip away at the lead.

Kansas received a big blow with a little more than 6 minutes left in the half when leading scorer Chelsea Gardner suffered a right ankle injury when she was called for a charge. She tried to stand up once, but had to go back down to the floor, and required assistance to walk off the court. She was sidelined the remainder of the half, but returned and played 14 minutes in the second half.

At the time of Gardner’s injury, Kansas was up by five, but Oklahoma State quickly closed the deficit with her out of the game.

Atkins hit a jumper to bring the Cowgirls within three points, then made one of two free throws on Oklahoma State’s next possession. Donohoe’s layup evened the score at 26, but then Kansas used 3-point buckets from Dakota Gonzalez and Boyd to regain the lead.

Gonzalez hit a jumper just before the halftime buzzer to give Kansas a 34-28 lead at the break.