Texas falls to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, ending undefeated Big 12 record

Lindsey Plotkin, Sports Reporter

Texas’ eight-game win streak came to an end with an 86-82 loss to Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Saturday night.

With the loss, Texas moves to 11–5 on the season and 2–1 in conference play.

In the first quarter, junior forward DeYona Gaston scored 12 of the Longhorns’ 26 points, shooting 100 percent from the field. Texas forced eight Oklahoma State turnovers and finished the first quarter with a 26-20 lead.

Texas was unable to continue its momentum into the second quarter, with Oklahoma State going on a 15-2 run, scoring nine straight baskets. The Longhorns tried to contain the Cowgirls with a full court press, but were unable to defend the Cowgirls’ fast paced ball movement.

Oklahoma State’s offense was led by Naomie Alnatas’ 16 first half points and seven made three pointers opposed to Texas’ one. The Cowgirls also had 14 fast break points opposed to Texas’ two.

Texas ended the first half with a three pointer from sophomore guard Rori Harmon to go into halftime down eight, 49-41.

In the third quarter, Oklahoma State continued its strong momentum despite losing starter Taylen Collins to an injury early in the quarter. Texas was able to get within four points, bringing the score to 59-55, but Oklahoma State pulled away to extend its lead to 10 at the end of the third quarter.

Throughout the final period, Oklahoma State took a 12 point lead, before the Longhorns went on a 12-0 scoring run finished by a three pointer from junior guard Shay Holle to tie the game at 72. Holle’s three pointer was Texas’ second made three of the game, with the first being Harmon’s three to end the first half.

The Longhorns continued to full court press the Cowgirls, who found success with a long pass over the top leading to fast break layups.

As the clock wound down, the score stayed close and the intensity picked up. Oklahoma State’s leading scorer Alnatas fouled out with 20 points, along with Kassidy De Lapp, who left the game with four points and five fouls.

Oklahoma State was able to contain Texas’ fast paced offense with a 2-3 zone, forcing nine turnovers and holding Texas to 50% shooting inside the arc and 20% on three pointers. Texas made two of ten attempted three pointers.

Despite Texas’ aggressive man-to-man defense, Oklahoma State was able to shoot 51.6% from inside the three point line and 40% from behind it.

Gaston was able to find success in the paint, scoring a season high 22 points for the Longhorns, her second straight game scoring at least 20 points. Graduate student guard Sonya Morris followed Gaston with 16 points.

Texas will return to the Moody Center on Tuesday to take on No. 21 Kansas.