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February 27, 2014

Cowgirls walloped by ISU

STILLWATER — Iowa State found its groove from beyond the 3-point line and that is where they lived.

The Cyclones hit 15 long-distance shots which paced the way to an 86-69 upset win over the No. 15 ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night.

“We got beat off the dribble, we got beat off the 3, we got beat in about every phase of the game that we can,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.

OSU (21-6 and 10-6 in the Big 12) trailed by 18 with 16:19 to play. The Cowgirls were able to go on a run to pull within 55-50 after Liz Donohoe hit a 3-pointer with 10:36 to play. Iowa State was able to cut the rally short and come away with the win.

“I thought we showed great energy getting back in the game and then we had three horrific mistakes,” LIttell said. “All of a sudden it goes from six to about 14 before you know what’s going on and then you’re out of the game.”

Oklahoma State came into the game as the top team in the Big 12 in defending the 3-point shot. OSU has allowed just 25 percent against Big 12 opponents. Iowa State (19-8 and 8-9 in the Big 12) was just fifth in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage averaging  33 percent.

In their first meeting the Cowgirls held Iowa State to just 3 of 17 from 3-point range. But on Wednesday night the Cyclones had a tremendous night shooting 3s — 15-of-36 — to OSU’s 2-of-14  from beyond the arc.

“It was execution on their part and a lack of following the game plan on our part. We were supposed to run some kids off of 3s and not leave them at all,” Littell said.

The Cyclones were able to find open shots all night long and ended the night with four players in double digit points. ISU also had Nikki Moody who scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 10 assists. Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley led all scorers with 26 points. Buckley went 7 of 12 and 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Hallie Christofferson and Brynn Williamson both dropped in 17 points. Seanna Johnson added 14 points in the win.

The Cowgirls pressed Iowa State in the second half. Oklahoma State’s pressure helped to get OSU back into the game at first but Iowa State was able to pull ahead.

“We hadn’t worked on (the press) at all. It got them to speed up and they weren’t in that control rhythm,” Littell said.

Oklahoma State also had four players in double figures with LaShawn Jones leading the Cowgirl charge with 17 points. Donohoe and Brittney Martin both scored 14.

Martin had 10 of Oklahoma State’s 23 first half points. Martin was strong on the glass with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Martin had just four points in the final 20 minutes.

“I don’t know what happened. Sometimes you’re on and sometimes you’re off,” Martin said.

Oklahoma State is one game above Texas for the third seed. The Cowgirls will play Kansas State at 2 p.m. Saturday and Texas on Monday.

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