The Cowgirls’ run in Kansas City has come to an end.
Oklahoma State dropped its Big 12 semifinal to Texas 64-57 on Saturday. The Longhorns were in control for much of the game. OSU’s largest lead was a single point and that lasted for all of 52 seconds. But OSU kept the No. 15 Longhorns honest, hanging around for much of the game. The Cowgirls just didn’t have that big run in them like they did against West Virginia on Friday.
After having a rough start to 3-point shooting Friday, the Cowgirls started hot against Texas. After an early miss, the Cowgirls made their next three 3s and went into halftime 5-for-10 from deep. They were 1-for-10 against West Virginia at the half Friday. OSU finished 8-for-19 from deep against UT.
OSU hung around until about halfway through the third quarter. Texas had a 39-35 lead with 6:25 to go in the quarter before going on an 8-0 run that ballooned the lead to 12. Naomie Alnatas cut that lead to eight with a deep (deep) 3 midway through the fourth, before Texas responded with an 11-3 run.
Alnatas finished with a Cowgirl-high 13 points, going 5-for-12 from the field while pulling down three rebounds. Lior Garzon and Kassidy De Lapp joined Alnatas in double figures with 11 apiece. De Lapp also brought down eight rebounds and had three blocks.
The Cowgirls didn’t quit, taking a 7-0 run — their largest of the game — to the final whistle, but it was too little, too late.
This doens’t mark the end of the Cowgirls’ first campaign under new coach Jacie Hoyt, however. Entering the day, ESPN’s Charlie Creme has the Cowgirls as an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament.