The Norman Transcript

National Sports

March 27, 2013

Cowgirls KOed

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke is usually the one running teams out of Cameron Indoor Stadium. So when the Blue Devils found themselves on the receiving end of a beatdown, they figured they had simply set themselves up for quite a comeback.

They stormed back from 15 points down in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 68-59 on Tuesday night in the second round of the Norfolk Regional.

“Coach came in and just said we were just getting ready for a great comeback,” forward Haley Peters said. “We knew we played a bad first half but we couldn’t focus on that. It was more about how we were going to change in the second half ... and we were going to have a great comeback.”

Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2), who will face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals on Sunday in Norfolk, Va. — near Williams’ hometown of Virginia Beach.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” Williams said.

Chloe Wells also finished with 13 points for Duke, which dug out of that deep hole by outscoring the seventh-seeded Cowgirls 47-23 during the final 19 1/2 minutes to reach the tournament’s second weekend for the 15th time in 16 years.

Duke improved to 20-1 in NCAA tournament games at Cameron and won its 20th straight home game.

“That was a blue-collar comeback,” coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “That was guttural. That was gutsy.”

Liz Donohoe had 14 points to lead Oklahoma State (22-11), which led for nearly all of the first 35 minutes but had 21 turnovers and made just 2 of 14 shots over the final 9 1/2 minutes.

“We almost had to play a perfect game to win this game, and I thought we played pretty close to perfect in the first half and maybe the first 4-5 minutes in the second half,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “But it was a tough draw coming in here, because we know how good they are.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Bradford facing another year of scrutiny in newest season

    ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford. Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, but lengthy saga far from over

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer....

    July 29, 2014

  • T-Wolves land guard Mo Williams

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out....

    July 29, 2014

  • LSU freshmen face misdemeanors

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment....

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald says players’ push for union brought Northwestern together

    CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize....

    July 29, 2014

  • Delany rides fence with PSU

    CHICAGO — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal....

    July 29, 2014

  • Murray St. aims to be OVC contenders

    Fifth-year Murray State coach Chris Hatcher has returned the program to OVC relevance thanks to his exciting “Hatch Attack” offense. The Racers will need more results if they hope to be serious contenders....

    July 29, 2014

  • Healthy Claiborne ready to show his worth to Cowboys

    OXNARD, Calif. — Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams’ nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys....

    July 29, 2014

  • Lions postpone Suh talks

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season....

    July 29, 2014

  • Peppers adjusts to 3-4 defense

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Standing a sturdy 6-foot-7, Packers pass rusher Julius Peppers poses an imposing sight to opposing linemen even without pads. Good thing Green Bay’s front five only has to go up against Peppers in practice now....

    July 29, 2014