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January 23, 2014

Cowgirls fend off unranked Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tiffany Bias scored 14 points and Liz Donohoe added 12 points and 10 rebounds as No. 8 Oklahoma State beat Kansas 64-56 on Wednesday night.

Brittany Atkins added 11 points for the Cowgirls (17-1, 6-1 Big 12), who trailed 10 minutes into the second half. A layup by Bias gave Oklahoma State a 46-45 lead — its first lead since 5-4 less than 4 minutes into the first half.

Kansas briefly regained the lead on a layup by CeCe Harper, but the Cowgirls took it right back on another layup by Bias.

Chelsea Gardner scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-10, 2-5).

The Jayhawks were trying to knock off an opponent ranked in the top 10 for the second time in a span of a few days after upsetting then-No. 7 Baylor on Sunday.

A layup by Gardner gave Kansas a 43-37 lead six minutes into the second half, and it looked as though Kansas might pull an upset. But Donohoe sandwiched two jumpshots around a layup by Harper for Kansas, and Roshunda Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Cowgirls within a point at 45-44. Bias took over from there with her two layups. She also turned a steal into a layup and drew a critical foul with 1 second on the shot clock later in the half.

Another jumper from Donohoe put Oklahoma State up five with 2:30 remaining as Kansas’ poor shooting derailed its hopes for an upset. Asia Boyd hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left — Kansas’ first field goal in almost 9 minutes — but that was the Jayhawks’ only field goal after Harper’s layup. The Jayhawks were 7 of 30 from the field in the final half.

With the victory, the Cowgirls won five straight Big 12 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The Jayhawks used a 14-2 run to erase an early deficit in the first half and grab a 14-7 lead, but the Cowgirls’ jump shooting allowed them to slowly chip away at the lead.

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