Jan. 15, 2003
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's women's basketball team built a 20-point lead and held off a second-half rally by Kansas on Wednesday night to pick up a 60-56 victory in front of 1,757 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
For the Cowgirls (5-9, 1-2), the win was its first Big 12 win under head coach Julie Goodenough and extended the Jayhawks (7-7, 0-3) Big 12 regular-season winless streak to 19 games.
After taking a 35-28 lead into the halftime locker room, OSU began the second half on a 19-6 run to open up a 54-34 lead, but was held without a field goal over the final 10:54 of the contest. KU trimmed the lead to two at 58-56 with just over two minutes remaining on a three-point basket by Erica Hallman.
After a missed jumper by Meghan Craig, Cowgirl senior Chantoya Hawkins pulled the offensive rebound and was fouled with 30 seconds left in the contest. The Kansas City, Mo., native stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws to seal the outcome.
OSU junior Trisha Skibbe broke the 20-point barrier for the third consecutive game with a game-high 21 points and also pulled a game-best eight rebounds. The Oxford, Kan., native was responsible for six of OSU's final eight points down the stretch.
The Cowgirls will return to action on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. contest at Texas Tech.