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OSU Hoops: Cowgirls Bounce Back with 82-50 Blowout over BYU

Quincy Noble went off and the Cowgirls’ defense made it hard on the Cougars.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

The Cowgirls bounced back in a big way on their homecourt.

Oklahoma State defeated BYU 82-50 on Wednesday, behind a season-high performance from guard Quincy Noble and a stingy defensive effort overall.

The Cowgirls (11-6, 4-2) shot 46% from the field while holding the Cougars to 35%. Noble scored a season-high 30 points (including a 19-point first half) and Stailee Heard added 18 more. Four Cowgirls scored in double digits while BYU’s lone double-digit scorer, Lauren Gustin, reached only 10 points in the final four minutes.

The visiting Cougars were able to hang around for most of the first half and were down 25-20 midway through the second quarter. Then the Cowgirls got hot and the Cougars didn’t stand a chance.

Noble, who was already warming up, hit consecutive shots to kick off an 18-2 Cowgirl run to finish the half. OSU continued a streak of nine-straight buckets into the third quarter and, before you could say “blowout,” the Cowgirls held a 27-point lead just over a minute into the second half. All that was left was to maintain it, and they did more than that.

The Cowgirls’ shots were falling, but they earned a lot of easy looks by making life hard on the Cougars. OSU scored 38 points off of 25 BYU turnovers, 18 of which were steals, a Cowgirl season-high. Anna Gret Asi had five steals (as well as eight assists) and Heard nabbed four steals of her own. Six Cowgirls had at least two takeaways.

In that same vein, OSU also held a 20-8 advantage in fastbreak points and outscored the Cougars 42-26 in the paint.

The win moved the Cowgirls to 4-2 and a tie for fourth in the Big 12, as of writing, and it helps rinse their mouths of the bad taste from that close loss at Kansas last weekend. Next up, the Cowgirls are back in GIA on Saturday when they host Texas at 2 p.m.

Here are some of the best shots from Wednesday night’s home win, care of PFB photographer Devin Wilber. You can view the entire album here.

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