breaking: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman nursing home death count revisedlive: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: New clinical trial for sickest patients detailedlive: Oklahoma coronavirus confirmed cases: 1,684; 80 dead

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Bedlam women's basketball: Cowgirls learn a lesson, take round 2 against Sooners

Oklahoma State celebrates its 73-69 Bedlam basketball win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma State celebrates its 73-69 Bedlam basketball win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

NORMAN — A little more than a month ago, OSU received a hard lesson.

While the sting of that Bedlam loss in Stillwater might not be fully in the rearview mirror, the Cowgirls took a positive step Tuesday with a 73-69 win over the Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center.

“We just haven’t quite figured out how to finish some games,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “We’re getting better at it. I thought we did a really good job tonight.”

Patience, Littell said, was the key.

Patience to stick with the game plan. Patience to move the ball around looking for the right spots for Vivian Gray and Natasha Mack to do their damage offensively. Patience to not rush shots in the final few minutes like they did in that Jan. 8 loss in Stillwater.

In that first meeting, the Cowgirls led by 13 with 2:18 to play before the Sooners stormed back to pull off an improbable victory.

It was the first of four Big 12 losses by five points or fewer over the last month and a half.

“We learned from that,” Littell said. “We learned that we have to use clock and time management at the end of the ballgame. We have to get the ball into free-throw shooters’ hands and play off of her (Sooners’ sharpshooter Taylor Robertson) at the end. We did.

  • Related to this story

“You learn the hard way and we learned the hard way in Stillwater.”

In an up-and-down season, Gray has been an unquestioned bright spot.

She was fantastic against OU on Tuesday, scoring 24 points in a performance Littell called her best of the season.

“I slowed down. I’ve been focusing on that,” Gray said. “I tend to rush everything. I slowed down today and tried to play at a slower tempo. It’s what Coach tells me all the time.

“I listened to him today.”

Mack had 23 points and 18 rebounds.

On the other side, Sooners star Robertson struggled.

She missed her first six 3-pointers of the game and finished just 2 of 10 from the field — all on 3-pointers.

Without Robertson hitting from outside, OU’s offense looked lost at times.

“I think sometimes we rely too heavily on T-Rob making shots,” OU's Madi Williams said. “That might be one of the reasons we stand so much on offense. And whenever she isn’t hitting shots, we’re all standing and it’s one big ball of nothing.”

Sooners coach Sherri Coale said her team “panicked” when Robertson wasn’t hitting shots.

“We’re so much better than that,” Coale said. “It was disappointing because that’s not how we play in practice every day.”

Littell praised Ja’Mee Asberry’s defense for helping to slow down Robertson.

Coale coached the game without much of a voice.

In the postgame press conference, she spoke at virtually a whisper.

“I don’t know what’s up with it,” Coale said. “Very frustrating tonight because I use my voice for their energy and to convey energy. It was very frustrating but what are you gonna do?”

Related Photos
<strong>Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa, right, gets a hand in the face of Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray during the Bedlam women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OSU won 73-69. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa, right, gets a hand in the face of Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray during the Bedlam women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OSU won 73-69. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7f6b1e0e0a0b98cab286c402e097c8e3.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa, right, gets a hand in the face of Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray during the Bedlam women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OSU won 73-69. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title=" Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa, right, gets a hand in the face of Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray during the Bedlam women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OSU won 73-69. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa, right, gets a hand in the face of Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray during the Bedlam women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OSU won 73-69. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-959c01b29b56cccdd789d9ef0288f898.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fafd34713b49ca41f0133b287e04b7bf.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma State's Micah Dennis (3) and Ana Llanusa (22) defend during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma State's Micah Dennis (3) and Ana Llanusa (22) defend during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma State's Micah Dennis (3) and Ana Llanusa (22) defend during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-96f03959620870776d54c000827c9f2e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma's Nydia Lampkin (21) and Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma's Nydia Lampkin (21) and Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) shoots as Oklahoma's Nydia Lampkin (21) and Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-553accbada58b8a89bf398d4348ad7ff.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) defends against Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) defends against Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) defends against Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-623c992424a47dc14deb316b21853965.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) tries to get by Oklahoma's Madi Williams (25) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) tries to get by Oklahoma's Madi Williams (25) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) tries to get by Oklahoma's Madi Williams (25) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1d96b11460c11a56090f174e75588291.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5a3d2fcdafd0193758123299a59bea17.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) shoots over Oklahoma's Mandy Simpson (3) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) shoots over Oklahoma's Mandy Simpson (3) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) shoots over Oklahoma's Mandy Simpson (3) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8da13d83d8afca1eb444a110bdfb8787.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State celebrates their win over Oklahoma following the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0823fb98e450ab2f4231a28266c82e4b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) gets a rebound from Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) gets a rebound from Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack (4) gets a rebound from Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0bb04c53f42e3552e158545cc522d13c.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Lauren Fields (23) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6d930686609d7708c0a60dcc5fa20e9a.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) drives to the basket as Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) defends during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bc412ff599c952be5dd393c8c9eee2a4.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) shoots over Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) shoots over Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) shoots over Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d1fbcd0df7cdfecb2334769929e4effc.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Ja'Mee Asberry (21) goes up for a basket during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Ja'Mee Asberry (21) goes up for a basket during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Ja'Mee Asberry (21) goes up for a basket during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fdbb67f9115bdeddf78c6c7c37ed452d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) tries to get around Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) tries to get around Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray (12) tries to get around Oklahoma's Ana Llanusa (22) during the college women's basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-487e336dca2cd4eef1afedeb7dd43dc6.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State celebrates its 73-69 Bedlam basketball win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title=" Oklahoma State celebrates its 73-69 Bedlam basketball win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Oklahoma State celebrates its 73-69 Bedlam basketball win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

Comments