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March 10, 2013

No comeback for Sooners; Cowgirls fall to Baylor

(Continued)

Baylor ousts OSU in Big 12 semis

About 90 seconds remained when the other Brittney on the court at American Airlines center stole the ball from the Lady Bears a second straight possession.

The one before yielded a layup from Cowgirls’ point guard Tiffany Bias, creating a single-possession game in the final minute of Sunday’s opening Big 12 tournament semifinal at American Airlines Center.

Alas, Oklahoma State’s Brittney Martin’s swipe led only to the last of the Cowgirls’ 13 turnovers.

Jordan Madden hit a dagger 3 at the other end and that was that. Baylor pulled away in the final minute and prevailed 77-69.

Still, oh, what a show OSU provided.

Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said his program isn’t “into moral victories. Then he it abundantly clear it had just secured one.

“It’s something we can take forward the rest of this season and for years to come,” Littell said, “that we can play with a lot of people.

Projected to be a No. 6-seed headed to Spokane, Wash., when NCAA tourney bids come out, according to the latest installment of ESPN bracketology, the Cowgirls may well have helped themselves to be selected higher. Over two days in Dallas, they picked up a huge win over higher-seeded Texas Tech and took the nation’s clear No. 1 team to the wire.

“I think it’s a big pride factor and lot of heart,” Bias said. “You just have to go out there and play … I think the last few games we played (against Baylor) we played timid.”

Not this time.

The Cowgirls got 22 points and 11 rebounds from Toni Young, who may have distinguished herself most through here willingness to take on Brittney Griner straight up. Grinder finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but did, for a change, appear mortal trying to guard Young.

“I was having fun … She’s 6-8, you’re going to get blocked sometimes,” Young said. “You have to take your chances. I was having fun taking chances.”

– Clay Horning

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