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The Lady Raiders could not get in a rhythm offensively and it set them back from the start in a blowout loss to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls by a score of 75-48.
The game did not start out well for the Lady Raiders as they could not hit very many shots to start the game. The Cowgirls could, however, as Jaime Asberry dominated the first parts of this game. She went 5-5 from behind the three-point arc in the first half. Asberry finished with a career-high 28 points.
Natasha Mack also made a huge impact in the first half but on the glass. Mack had 11 rebounds in the first two quarters alone. The main issue the Lady Raiders ran into was turnovers. The passing was not crisp and Oklahoma State took advantage as they went into the halftime break with a 14-point lead.
Oklahoma State came out and locked down the Lady Raiders in the second half. Forcing more turnovers and draining more shots. The Lady Raiders went into the fourth quarter down by 22. One positive about tonight is that the team never quit. No matter the score, no matter how bad it was going, this team represented the school with class.
Three keys to this game for me were containing Natasha Mack, getting pressure on the ball, and being aggressive on the offensive end, and getting to the free-throw line. The Lady Raiders failed to do all three. The Lady Raiders were not aggressive going to the rack, getting to the line only a handful of times. Natasha Mack was dominant from the tip, grabbing almost 20 rebounds and wreaking havoc all night.
This was a battle of differing styles and it showed. Oklahoma State is bigger and is way more aggressive compared to the more quickly-paced, smaller line-up of Texas Tech. The toughness and aggressiveness of Oklahoma State definitely won out this evening.
The Lady Raider will next face Oklahoma in Lubbock on Wednesday night.
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