Nov. 27, 2010
Lobo Women's Basketball - In The Pit
Holiday Inn Express-Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament
Saturday's Championship: Oklahoma State 74, Lobos 65
Consolation Game: San Francisco 87, Rhode Island 76
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It was a 74-65 double-overtime loss to Oklahoma State in which the Lobos might have found out as much about themselves as they did in a double-overtime win over Cal-Berkeley.
The Lobos found out they can scrap and fight and play defense at a high level. Now, if they can get a bit nastier on the boards.
"I wish we could have blocked out better on the boards," said Lobo coach Don Flanagan. "If they get 14 more possessions on the offensive boards, that's a big advantage for them. You don't have to shoot that well, if you get 14 more offensive boards."
Said Lobo senior Amanda Best: "I love this team. We are such fighters and we never give up. We showed we are a tough team."
There were several keys to Oklahoma State's nail-biter Saturday night in The Pit.
Coach Flanagan might not have been happy with the end results that dropped UNM to 3-2, but he did like the progress and the fight he saw in his Lobos.
"We are a much better team than we were two weeks ago," he said. "I wish we could have blocked out better, but I'm not disappointed in our effort. I think we are OK. A few of them made some errors and feel bad about that, but it's a long season.
"They (OSU) are quick at the guard and strong inside. I thought we competed very well. I'm happy with our effort and attitude and our hard work. I think they had a little more talent than we did as far as athleticism and quickness."
The Lobos had four players in double figures: Lauren Taylor with 15, Porche Torrance with 12, Tina Doughty with 11, Best with 10, and Caroline Durbin added nine. Oklahoma State shot 36 percent for the 50 minutes and UNM shot 39.3 percent. The Cowgirls had 18 turnovers and UNM had 16.
Young was the tourney MVP with teammate Tiffany Bias jumping onto the team along with Best, San Francisco's Kelly Jo Mullaney and Rhode Island's Megan Shoniker. San Francisco won the consolation game 87-76.
The teams ended regulation tied 53-all and closed the first five-minute extra period at 63-all. The Cowgirls rolled in the second overtime outscoring UNM 11-2. Oklahoma State closed out that period with a 9-0 run.
The Cowgirls went up 65-63 on two Young free throws, but UNM's Taylor came back to tie it at 65-all on a scoop move underneath. Young tossed in a jumper from 12 feet and OK State was up 67-65.
A huge bucket for Oklahoma State came when Jenni Bryan found a crack in UNM's defense on the baseline and threw one off the glass to put the Cowgirls up 69-65. Best then missed for UNM and the Cowgirls iced the game when Young rebounded a missed trey, put it in and was fouled. She made the free one to form a 72-65 lead with 34 seconds to go.
Oklahoma State coasted in for the 74-65 final.
FIRST OVERTIME: LOBOS 10, OKLAHOMA STATE 10
The Cowgirls took a quick 56-53 lead. Taylor turned it over on a pass inside and Jessica Kielpinski let McIntyre slip behind her on the other end. McIntyre made the layup and Kielpinski fouled her. She made the free one, too. UNM missed at the other end and the scramble for the long rebound ended in a Cowgirl layup and a Cowgirl 58-53 lead.
Taylor got fouled on a drive just before getting stuffed by McIntyre and hit both free shots to make it 58-55. Young banged in a quick shot from the free-throw line to push the Cowgirls up 60-55. Taylor got fouled on another drive and again made both free shots: 60-57 at the 2:49 mark.
OK State's Bias made a sloppy pass inside and the turnover led to Best at the line with 2:13 to go. The senior made them both and UNM was down 60-59. Torrance slapped the ball away at the other end and then put back a Best miss to give UNM a 61-60 lead.
Young came down and threw up a short jumper, missed, but followed her shot and pushed in a layup to bump the Cowgirls up 62-61. Oklahoma State had a good chance to win the game when a Taylor inbounds pass was picked off by Bias. She had a clear path to the basket, but Doughty caught up with the fleet Cowgirl and fouled her before she could make the layup.
Bias made one: 63-61. Taylor then drove on McIntyre and got swatted again, but the tall Cowgirl bumped Taylor on the block. That put McIntyre on the bench and Taylor at the line with 30.9 seconds to play. Taylor made both: 63-63.
"I thought Lauren making those free throws under pressure was great," said Flanagan. "She didn't miss a one."
Young got a nice look for Oklahoma State at the buzzer and State's bench begged for a whistle, but the two teams marched into a second overtime.
Second Half: Oklahoma State 27, Lobos 26
The teams went at it in the second half with defenses on both ends taking the advantage. At the 11:43 media break, it was knotted at 35-all after Durbin beat her defender and knocked in a 10-footer on the baseline.
The Lobos came out and threw down a quick run to take a 39-35 lead and force OK State into a timeout. The Lobos baskets came from Durbin on the baseline and Doughty up front.
Oklahoma State went up 43-41 on a drive by Bias. Durbin answered off the dribble to make it 43-all and then McIntyre scored on a post move to hand Oklahoma State a 45-43 lead at the 7:01 media break.
The Cowgirls went up 46-43 on the first of two free throws by McIntyre when Flanagan called a timeout at 4:27. McIntyre made the second: 47-43.
Torrance answered on the baseline, 47-45, and The Pit got into it. Cowgirl Toni Young flipped in a baseline 12-footer to make it 49-45. Best drove and pulled up to throw up a soft 6-footer: 49-47. Oklahoma State turned it over on an offensive foul and UNM had the ball coming out of the 3:02 break, down by two points.
Taylor drove at 2:44 and got fouled. The junior made both ends of the one-and-one to tie the contest at 49-all. The Pit got nasty again.
Oklahoma State turned it over again on a poor pass inside to a moving McIntyre. Best got jammed up on the baseline and called a timeout with 16 seconds on the shot clock. Jourdan Erskine missed on a drive.
Oklahoma State called timeout with 1:35 to play while trying to in-bounds the ball. Oklahoma came out of the break and turned the ball over. Best got fouled at the 1:14 mark on a drive. Best made both ends of the one-and-one to push UNM up 51-49. The Pit got even nastier.
Cowgirl Toni Young wasn't fazed by The Pit pressure. She tossed in a 15-foot pull-up jumper to tie the game at 51-all. Torrance then inched UNM up again with a 15-footer on the base line off a Taylor feed.
Oklahoma State went inside to McIntyre, who showed a soft touch off the glass to tie the game at 53-all. Best got a decent look in the closing seconds, but her step-back jumper was short.
"We had the shot to win the game. We had a good shot, but it just fell out," said Flanagan.
Said Best: "I just could not hit tonight. It was really frustrating."
First Half: Lobos 27, Oklahoma State 26
Stat Leaders: Taylor 5 pts., Durbin 5 pts., Best 6 rebs.
The Lobos ran to an 18-6 lead before UNM let the Cowgirls back into the game. Actually, the Cowgirls kind of let themselves back in. They started making some shots. Oklahoma State started out ice cold before warming up to produce a 33.3 percent shooting touch in the first 20 minutes. UNM shot 40 percent.
Oklahoma State committed 10 turnovers to six for the Lobos. UNM had eight assists to four for Oklahoma State. The Lobos got a good board effort from Best with six and Taylor and Durbin each had five points in the half.
UNM used seven Lobos to form its halftime lead while Oklahoma State got its points from four Cowgirls.
Oklahoma State made 8-of-24 shots and UNM converted 12-of-30. UNM went 0-of-4 from the line and Oklahoma State went 8-of-9. UNM had six steals to one for OK State.