Nov. 6, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's women's basketball team opened the 2002-03 exhibition season with an 80-71 win on Wednesday night over TJ Sokol in front of 1,384 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Cowgirls (1-0), who were playing their first contest under head coach Julie Goodenough, raced out to a 6-0 lead before TJ Sokol (0-1), a club team from the Czech Republic, went on an 11-3 run to grab a one-point lead.
A pair of free throws at the 5:14 mark of the half by Trisha Skibbe gave the Cowgirls a two-point lead that they would not relinquish. The junior finished the contest with a team-best 21 points and 10 rebounds.
After taking a 40-33 advantage into the intermission, OSU saw its lead sliced to two on a three-point basket by Petra Mlejnikova, who finished with a a game-high 27 points.
However, the Cowgirl defense, which forced 27 turnovers, limited the visitors to five points over the final five minutes to secure the win.
"I think that the girls played really hard tonight. We made some mistakes by getting in a hurry and by kind of over thinking some things," Goodenough said.
"Overall they did play hard. I didn't see anybody letting down or giving up and they did a good job. There were some mistakes but a lot of effort."
OSU will play its final exhibition on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. against Solna Sweden in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
TJ Sokol 33 38 - 71 OSU 40 40 - 80