STILLWATER, Okla. — Five minutes hadn't yet passed in the game, and Oklahoma State was leading Arkansas-Pine Bluff 19-3.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Five minutes hadn’t yet passed in the game, and Oklahoma State was leading Arkansas-Pine Bluff 19-3.
Then it was 53-17 at halftime. Then it ended up 98-35 in the Cowgirls’ favor Thursday night.
The 63-point loss margin is the largest of the season for the Lady Lions (0-10), whose closest game was a 29-point defeat at Memphis last month. For its part, Oklahoma State (7-0) scored its largest margin of victory this season in front of 2,203 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Lady Lions were plagued again by poor shooting, finishing the game 11 of 55 from the field for 20 percent. They went 9 minutes in the first half without a field goal and just two points from the foul line, as the Cowgirls pulled out to a 45-15 lead with 4:11 left.
UAPB also committed 17 turnovers to Oklahoma State’s 12.
Tiffany Bias (four steals) and Vicky McIntyre (three blocks) proved to be huge defensive challenges for the Lady Lions. Bias finished with 12 points and 12 assists, while Liz Donohoe scored a game-high 27 points and Toni Young had 12 rebounds to go with seven points for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls shot 35 of 69 (50.7 percent) from the floor.
Lakendra Marsh led UAPB with 17 points. Following Marsh on the team were Chi Chi Okwumabua and Jenise Gentry with five apiece.
The victory is the second for Jim Littell since he was given the permanent head coaching role on Dec. 9, almost a month after a plane crash in Perry County, Ark., killed head coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, pilot Olin Brandstetter and wife Paula Brandstetter.
In their memory, each Oklahoma State player is wearing a patch of a ribbon shaped like a “4” with the victims’ initials and the date of the crash “11.17.11” on it.
UAPB’s next game, at Central Arkansas on Dec. 30, will be its last nonconference game of the season. The Lady Lions will begin conference play on Jan. 3 at Mississippi Valley State.