Sopho­more stars lead the way

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Ok­la­homa State’s Vi­vian Gray had made her last three shots and was drib­bling along the base­line as a Texas Tech de­fender came down to step in front of Gray’s po­ten­tial layup.

With­out hes­i­ta­tion, Gray slung a pass to Brax­tin Miller in the cor­ner for a wide-open 3-pointer in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter.

Early in the fourth, it was Miller dish­ing to Gray for an open jumper that killed a Texas Tech run.

Play­ing off each other’s suc­cess, Miller and Gray kept find­ing open shots as the sopho­more show­stop­pers led the Cow­girls to a 65-57 win over Texas Tech on Satur­day af­ter­noon at Gal­lagher-Iba Arena.

Gray had 26 points, nine re­bounds and six as­sists, while Miller added 22 points and three as­sists, each play­ing more than 38 min­utes. Gray has scored at least 20 points seven times this sea­son, and Miller has done it six times.

“Teams can maybe man­age one of us, but not both of us,” said Miller, who was 4-of-11 from 3-point range.

Tak­ing the in­ter­view as­sist from Miller, Gray jumped in: “You can’t dou­ble team one, be­cause then the other will take it.”

A strong sec­ond quar­ter saw OSU’s lead grow as large as 12, and Texas Tech never got it closer than a two-pos­ses­sion dif­fer­ence the rest of the way.

The rest of the OSU lineup didn’t con­trib­ute much in the way of points, but fresh­man cen­ter Kas­sidy De Lapp had nine re­bounds and two blocks, and fresh­man point guard Ja’Mee As­berry had seven points, six re­bounds, four as­sists and two steals.

Chris­lyn Carr had 21 points on 7-of-25 shoot­ing to lead Texas Tech, while 6-foot-5 for­ward Brit­tany Brewer, who en­tered av­er­ag­ing a dou­ble-dou­ble, bat­tled foul trou­ble to fin­ish with 10 points and two re­bounds against OSU’s im­prov­ing front­court.

“They’re bat­tling and play­ing hard,” OSU coach Jim Lit­tell said of his front­court, which pri­mar­ily con­sisted of De Lapp, LaTashia Jones and Mariam Gnanou. “They knew the scout­ing re­port to­day. I’m proud of them and they’ll con­tinue to get bet­ter. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was giv­ing up 20 of­fen­sive boards. But other than that, we stepped up and made plays.

“We know that this is a big win for our pro­gram to­day.”

Scott Wright [email protected] ok­la­homan.com

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