No. 25 Oklahoma State Upsets No. 6 Oklahoma

Andrea Riley scored a career-high 45 points

Jan. 12, 2008

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - With the way Andrea Riley kept scoring, No. 6 Oklahoma tried just about everything to slow her down. Even the kind of double-teams the Sooners normally see deployed against Courtney Paris.

None of them worked.

Riley scored a career-high 45 points and No. 25 Oklahoma State ended its longest losing streak ever in the Bedlam rivalry by knocking off Oklahoma 82-63 on Saturday night.

"Half of the players were on her, and she still scored. She just took over this game," Oklahoma State's Maria Cordero said. "She was scoring, and you might as well let her keep the ball because she was scoring and no one could guard her."

With the teams both in the Top 25 for the first time ever in the 80-game series, Riley and the Cowgirls (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) were in control from the beginning.

Riley scored all 14 of Oklahoma State's points during one second-half stretch, extending the lead to 57-38 with a 3-pointer from the left wing. The lead reached as many as 23 at one point.

"It was all because of my teammates. My teammates pumped me up so much," Riley said. "Without them, I would be so arrogant, so cocky, so all of that."

Riley got both of Oklahoma's point guards in deep foul trouble with drives to the basket and was equally deadly from long range, going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Late in the game, Oklahoma (10-3, 1-1) tried to double-team the speedy guard as she brought the ball upcourt but it only resulted in more fouls 30 feet away from the basket.

"They were having trouble guarding her, they had a little bit of foul trouble and we were going to keep going to her until they stopped her," Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke said.

By the time the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second half had passed, Riley had sent Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson and Jenna Plumley to the bench with four fouls apiece. Sooners coach Sherri Coale said she didn't come in with a Plan C.

"It was just hard. Any time we tried to do anything, she got a free throw," Coale said. "It's hard when a player is that far away from the basket to do anything."

 

 

Riley's 45 points were the most ever scored by a Cowgirls player at Gallagher-Iba Arena and the second-most in school history, behind Donna Ridling's 51 against Tulsa in 1978.

Fans stormed the court after the game, and Budke - who wore a bright orange sportcoat - shouted into a microphone to thank the crowd of 13,611.

"We could not have done this tonight without the greatest crowd in America," Budke said. "I think tonight we might have seen the best player in the conference in Andrea Riley."

Courtney Paris, who scored 41 points in Oklahoma's win last season in Stillwater, had 15 points and 19 rebounds for her 74th consecutive double-double. Amanda Thompson added 18 points and Nyeshia Stevenson scored 10.

"We just need to play harder. That's what it comes down to," said Paris, the reigning AP player of the year. "OSU played great, Andrea Riley played awesome honestly, but we've got to play harder."

Danielle Green posted 17 points and a career-best 12 rebounds for Oklahoma State, which drew its first-ever sellout for a women's game after Coale predicted there would be more fans wearing crimson than orange during the game.

That had been the case for most of Oklahoma's 17-game winning streak against Oklahoma State, which included wins by double figures in their last 11 meetings. Not this time.

With the crowd behind them, the Cowgirls sped out to a 9-0 lead and were never really challenged on the way to their first Bedlam win since March 2, 1999.

"To go from where we started to where it was tonight, this is a night that I'll never forget as a coach," said Budke, who went 0-16 in conference play with the Cowgirls two years ago. "It's a night that our players will never forget as players and it's a night that our fans will never forget.

"This is the kind of win that has a chance to help a program take the next step."

The Sooners couldn't get anything going from outside - going 5-for-20 from 3-point range - and struggled to get the ball to Paris between double- and triple-teams. They managed only 17 points in the first half, their lowest total in a half since they had only 12 in the second half of a 72-36 loss at Texas on Feb. 26, 2005.

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