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Cowgirls Outlast Kansas in Thriller

Elizabeth Cambage speaks to reporters after being selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Tulsa Shock. (AP Photo) Elizabeth Cambage speaks to reporters after being selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Tulsa Shock. (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Jan 12, 2010 1:27 PM CDT

Dave Carty
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

LAWRENCE, Kansas -- When the going got tough, No. 15 Oklahoma State relied on star guard Andrea Riley to take shots in the second half.

Riley answered with 15 second half points 20 on shot attempts, but Precious Robinson and Toni Young were the heroes for the Cowgirls in a thrilling 70-68 win over Kansas.

With 30 seconds remaining in the game, Riley attempted a 3-pointer to try to extend Oklahoma State’s one-point lead. The long-range shot missed, but Robinson grabbed one of her 11 rebounds to keep the ball out of the Jayhawks’ hands.

Following a Cowgirls timeout, Kansas (10-5) was forced to foul Riley, who hit two free throws to put Oklahoma State up by three.

Needing a 3-pointer, Kansas relied on All-Big 12 senior Danielle McCray to hit the long-range shot.

She did and tied the game at 68, en route to a 28-point effort.

Luckily, Oklahoma State (14-2) had a bit more unheralded magic left. Again, it was one of Kurt Budke’s non-Riley charges who got the job done as Del City's Toni Young scored her only basket of the game, putting the Cowgirls up with four seconds remaining and for good.

Riley was the star through much of the game, scoring 30 points in 40 minutes of gritty play. The Big 12 Player of the Week split her scoring between the two halves, scoring 15 in each and helping Oklahoma State gain a 39-29 halftime lead.

Kansas opened the second half by closing the gap with a 13-4 run, but was slowed after losing Angel Goodrich to a knee injury. The Tahlequah-native reinjured her surgically-repaired left knee on an open layup. She finished the game with 13 points, second-best on the Jayhawks squad.

Oklahoma State’s Tegan Cunningham added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Cowgirls’ lone double-double effort.

Kansas forward Aishah Sutherland recorded her own double-double, adding 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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