Oklahoma State's Jennifer Crow scored 22 points, but OSU's bench scored just eight as the Cowgirls fell to Texas A&M, 61-57, here Wednesday night before 1,245 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Cowgirls scored 36 points in the second half, including 21 by Crow. The Aggies matched OSU's total for the period, however, after going into the lockerroom at halftime with a 25-21 lead. Oklahoma State shot just 29.6 percent in the first half, and had just 10 points in the paint despite a height advantage.
"Our kids came in tonight, and believed they could win," said Texas A&M coach Peggie Gillom. "We had nothing to lose tonight. We're at the bottom, and I don't think anybody in this building thought that we would win this game. But, you have to believe in yourself, and they believed in themselves tonight."
Oklahoma State limited A&M's Prissy Sharpe, who is averaging 20 points a game this season, to just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Aggies won the game in other ways, though, with five players scoring in double figures.
"The word has been that if you stop Prissy Sharpe, you stop A&M," said Gillom. "I challenged my kids tonight. That's exactly what we want. We think we'd win a game if we had three people score in double figures."
OSU's Nikki Harmon added 17 points and nine rebounds to the Cowgirls' cause, but the remaining nine players scored just 18 points. Megan Gregg had eight rebounds, but just four points on 1-of-4 shooting.
Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but went on a 13-3 run to cut it to two at 52-50 with 3:23 remaining. Down by three with nine seconds left in the game, Crow was hacked by two Aggies while shooting a trey, but no foul was called.
"We played pretty good defensively, but for the last six minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half, we just did not do anything offensively," said OSU Coach Dick Halterman. "Give A&M credit. They were more the aggressive, physical team tonight. This is a disappointing loss. It's a game we should have and could have won."