Danielle Green scored 16 points and Maria Cordero chipped 15 points and 13 rebounds as No. 17 OSU beat fifth-ranked Baylor 77-67 on Tuesday night to snap the Bears' 13-game winning streak.
"When you're playing the No. 5 team in the nation, there's always more adrenaline rushes when you're doing the right things and executing well,'' said freshman Kristin Hernandez, who scored 14 points for her highest total against a Big 12 opponent.
On a poor shooting night by Big 12 scoring leader Andrea Riley, her teammates did much of the damage during a 24-5 run at the end of the first half that sent the Cowgirls (18-3, 6-2 Big 12) into the break with a lead.
Riley went 1-for-10 in the opening half, missing all six of her 3-point tries, but she contributed four steals and five assists.
"Riley was not the difference in the game tonight. We did a very good job on Riley. It was all the other players,'' Bears coach Kim Mulkey said. "When you've got a kid that shoots the ball 23 times and only makes five shots, she didn't beat you.''
Riley ended up with 15 points on 5-for-23 shooting, and Shaunte Smith got 10 points and a career-best 16 rebounds as Oklahoma State outrebounded the Bears 56-43. The Cowgirls got 23 second-chance points off 20 offensive rebounds.
OSU expanded the lead to as much as 19, and Baylor was never able to get within single digits after halftime.
"The difference in the game tonight was our post play was nonexistent,'' Mulkey said. "They just got manhandled physically in rebounding, and I thought that was the difference in the ballgame.''
The Bears (20-2, 8-1) also got a miserable start from their star point guard, Angela Tisdale. She missed 13 of her first 15 shots before making three in a row to lead a late 13-4 charge that got the Bears within 71-61 in the final 3 minutes.
Green made five free throws in the final 2:38 to keep Baylor at bay.
Jessica Morrow scored a season-high 24 points, one off her career best, and Tisdale wound up with 19 points on 5-for-20 shooting.
"They were just playing off of me, and I was missing the shots,'' Tisdale said. "In the second half, I hit some of them.''
Baylor got off to a strong start, going on a 12-0 spurt featuring three straight 3-pointers, but then allowed OSU to score the final 14 points before halftime.
It was the Cowgirls' first win against Baylor in the teams' last 10 meetings.