March 22, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State used a 15-0 second-half and a stiff defense to defeat the Missouri State Lady Bears by a 70-57 tally Thursday evening in a third-round Women’s National Invitation Tournament game at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
The Cowgirls, who entered the game 16th nationally with a .349 field goal percentage defense, held the Lady Bears to 19-of-63 from the field for 30.2 percent shooting.
The Lady Bears end their season at 24-9, while OSU improves to 19-12 as it advanced to the quarterfinal round.
The Lady Bears forced Oklahoma State into two turnovers and two missed shots in the early going to build a 7-0 lead on Jasmine Malone’s three-pointer at the 17:49 mark. The Cowgirls quickly responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead as MSU went exactly five minutes without a point until Whitney Edie’s free throws tied the game at 8-8.
The Cowgirls continued to hold Missouri State in check for the next 10 minutes, building their lead to as many as 10 at 27-17 with 5:44 to go until the Lady Bears made a late push to go into half down 31-29.
Edie scored five straight points and Jaleshia Roberson followed with a trey to make it 27-25 with 3:50 left, and then added two free throws with 54 seconds to go for a 29-all tie before the Cowgirls hit a two-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
The Cowgirls built the lead back to six to begin the second half until Edie broke the drought with a basket for a 35-31 score at the 17:01 mark. Oklahoma State answered that with a 7-0 run for its largest lead yet at 42-31 with 15:40 to play before Karly Buer stopped it with a three-pointer.
Roberson added another trey on the next possession to make it 42-37 with nearly 15 minutes still on the clock, but Big 12 Freshman of the Year Liz Donohoe followed with her fourth triple of the game and added five more points for a personal 8-0 run, and the Cowgirls added seven more points to that before it was all said and done to complete a 15-0 spurt with a 57-37 lead and 11:05 left to play.
The Lady Bears were not able to get closer than 12 points the rest of they way and subbed out the five-player senior class en masse with 1:08 on the clock.
After five early points, Malone converted a layup with 1:38 on the clock to record her 1,000th career point.
Roberson led the Lady Bears with 13 points, Buer score 12 and Whitney Edie chipped in 10. Bry Snow grabbed a career-best eight rebounds as MSU trailed 45-42 in that department.
Donohoe finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and four Cowgirls scored in double figures.