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Too Many Turnovers Lead to OSU Loss against TAMU

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Originally Published: Feb 17, 2010 9:30 PM CDT

Stephany Speck
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma State struggled offensively against Texas A&M Wednesday night, falling 69-52 and finishing with their fourth-straight loss.

The No. 17 Cowgirls were neck-and-neck with the No. 17 Aggies the first seven minutes of the game, trailing only by a handful of points.

A jumper by TAMU’s Tyra White began an Aggie 12-0 run, lasting close to six minutes which catapulted them ahead of the Pokes, 28-12.

The 12-point deficit was a hole OSU wouldn’t be able to dig themselves out of.

The Cowgirls recorded nine turnovers in the first half, four of those coming from Andrea Riley. The senior guard scored only two points in the first 20 minutes and didn't return for OSU in the second half. Riley’s low-scoring game ended an 82-game double figure scoring streak.

The Aggies capitalized off the Cowgirls’ sloppy offense, scoring 13 points off the turnovers.

By halftime, TAMU was leading 42-24.

The Aggies’ Tanisha Smith ended the half with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists, while teammate White had 11 points and three rebounds.

Tegan Cunningham led the Cowgirls with eight points and three rebounds by halftime.

It seemed the Aggies’ steam had run out in the beginning of the second half. The Cowgirls scored a lay-up 30 seconds in, but the game’s score remained unchanged for the three minutes following the shot by Toni Young.

Precious Robinson hit a free throw to kick start the game, but the Aggies once again set the pace of play and extended their lead over OSU.

The deficit was just too much for the Cowgirls, who continued to trail for the rest of the game. The closest OSU came was within 15 points, but the Aggies held their lead, which grew to 26 points with nine minutes left in the game.

The Cowgirls’ Riley ended with just two points. Young finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Aggies’ Smith finished with 14 points, while White added 15 points and four rebounds. Danielle Adams recorded 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Cowgirls travel to Baylor Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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