DURHAM, N.C. —
Anna Martin scored 12 points for the 10th-seeded Blue Demons (21-12), who managed to pull within a point with about 14 minutes left despite struggling on offense the entire afternoon. But DePaul missed 15 straight shots and went nearly 10 minutes without a basket during an ugly stretch.
That gave Oklahoma State an opening to take back momentum.
Tiffany Bias pushed the ball after a made basket for a quick score to start the run. Then Kendra Suttles scored on a stickback and added a pair of free throws, and Donohoe knocked down a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 54-44 near the 9-minute mark.
After Lashawn Jones’ stickback, Young ended the run with a turnaround shot for her first basket since the 7:01 mark of the first half, making it 58-44 with 7:24 to play.
DePaul never got close again. The Blue Demons shot 25 percent (20 for 80) from the field and 22 percent (8 for 37) from behind the arc.
Oklahoma State won the WNIT in its first year under Jim Littell, who took over following the deaths of coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a November 2011 plane crash.
Baylor 82, Praire View 40: The Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers won’t soon forget the time they were on the court for Brittney Griner’s one-handed reverse dunk in the NCAA tournament.
Griner had her 15th career dunk among 33 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAAs with an 82-40 victory against Prairie View on Sunday night.
“It was amazing. It was amazing,” Lady Panthers guard Jeanette Jackson said. “We got star struck.”
It’s not so much Griner’s height at 6-foot-8 that stood out to Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year Latia Williams of Prairie View. It was her arms.
“Her wingspan is amazing,” said Williams, who started fast but was just 2 of 10 in the second half and finished with 10 points.