If the words in the locker room are of any indication, the Cowgirls knew what it would take to knock off Baylor in the Big 12 women's basketball tournament:
Top line on the marker board in the #okstate locker room reads "Play Your Ass Off 40 Minutes" @osuwbb did just that today.— Ryan Cameron (@ryancameron24) March 10, 2013
Aside from Baylor's one blemish on the season, a 71-69 November loss to Stanford in Hawaii, there have only been two times this season that the Bears have won by a single-digit margin. The first, a 76-70 win at Connecticut. The second, today - a 77-69 win over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament semfinals.
For the Cowgirls, senior Toni Young finished with 22 points on 10-of-22 shooting and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Liz Donohoe added 20 points, seven boards and seven assists. Tiffany Bias' 19 points and six assists rounded out OSU's double-digit socring efforts.
OSU was down by as many as 17 points in the first half before cutting that Baylor lead to just three with 1:34 to play in the game.
But Brittney Girner's 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks and Jordan Madden's 3-pointer with 38 seconds to play proved to be just a little too much for the Pokes to handle. But not because the women in black didn't play their asses off for 40 minutes.
That was indeed the case.