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March 2, 2014

College basketball roundup



OSU 67, Kansas St. 62

STILLWATER — With Oklahoma State celebrating senior day for Tiffany Bias, Kendra Suttles and Kamri Anderson, Kansas State tried to spoil the moment with a furious second-half comeback.

But the 15th-ranked Cowgirls overcame the late onslaught to clinch a 67-62 victory and solidify at least a tie for third in the Big 12 Conference standings — and a chance at the three seed in next week’s Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City.

"You can all see why I’m losing hair and it’s going grey, and all that. We’ve had a habit sometimes this year of blowing leads and it happened again tonight," Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said. "... Proud of the kids that they found a way to come back and win the basketball game."

Oklahoma State has had one of the premium perimeter defenses in the country all year. But for the second straight game, it nearly cost the Cowgirls at home.

After holding Kansas State to 1 of 10 from outside in the first half, the Wildcats knocked down 6 of 9 (66.7 percent) to help push away by four points with three minutes remaining. Littell elected to go to the full-court press to slow down KSU’s momentum.

The decision was fruitful for the Lady Pokes. Oklahoma State got back-to-back turnovers to reclaim the lead — which it would not relinquish over the final two minutes."

OSU got a collective effort in tying the program’s mark for most conference wins. Redshirt freshman Brittany Atkins came off the bench to contribute 11 points and four rebounds to give the Cowgirls a fourth double-digit scorer — along with Bias (17), Brittney Martin (13) and Liz Donohoe (12).

The Cowgirls will have a short turnaround with their season finale Monday at Texas, which has a 7-1 home conference record. The winner of the contest will earn the three seed in the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.

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