Sophomore stars lead the way
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.”