NORMAN, Okla. —
Young’s foul trouble seemed like a golden gift for the Sooners. Oklahoma was able to feed the ball to Nicole Griffin in the post and the junior made the Cowgirls pay.
“We felt Nicole has gone up against great post players all year and her confidence is just continually building because of that,” Coale said. “So (we) go right after Toni, get her in foul trouble and go right at her and make her defend you. She did a great job of putting the ball on the floor and laying out, and not just settling for a jump hook.”
Freshman Brittney Martin — playing in her first Bedlam game — helped the Cowgirls keep the lead up to about 3-minute mark, before the Sooners ended the half with a 6-2 run capped off by Griffin’s jumper with 8 seconds left in the half. Martin finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
“We needed to pick it up in the second half,” Martin said. “We came into halftime looking like we were getting killed when really we weren’t down by that much. We needed to come back and play our game and we didn’t.”
Oklahoma expanded the lead to 19 when Nicole Kornet drained a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Sooners a 65-46 lead with 8:12 left, before the Cowgirls showed a little life with a 6-0 run of their own.
That’s as close as Oklahoma State got, as they had no answer for Griffin. The junior tallied 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Sooners.
“(Griffin) does her work before the ball comes by sealing you and getting you down low in the paint,” Littell said. “We allowed her to catch the ball too deep in the paint and she’s a handful there. ... We’ve got to do a better job of guarding and not letting her set up so close to the basket.”
Along with Martin, Kendra Suttles was a rebound shy of a double-double. Suttles finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Liz Donohoe had 13 points. Young also finished with 10 points, but just three rebounds after sitting out a majority of the first half because of the foul trouble.
Sharane Campbell and Joanna McFarland each recorded a double-double for the Sooners. McFarland finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Campbell had 15 points and 12 boards.