Oklahoma State's Cowgirl basketball team used a 72 percent shooting performance in the second half and went on to an 88-65 victory over the Northwestern State Lady Demons here Friday night in the first round of the Jackson Diamond Jewelers' Cowgirl Classic.
The 18-of-25 shooting from the field by OSU was just one field goal shy of the school record set last season. Included in the spurt was a 5-of-5 output by senior Megan Gregg, who had no points at halftime but got fired up and scored 15 in the second half. She also had six rebounds.
OSU led early in the first half by as many nine points, but the Lady Demons fought back, pulling to within two at halftime, 34-32. The Cowgirls shot 47.8 percent in the first period, but made two fewer shots and NSU made four three- pointers for the close score. Also included in the first half was a nine-rebound performance by Kara Faulk, who finished the game with the first double-double of her career.
Jennifer Crow led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Gregg's 15. Nikki Harmon, Faulk and Reba Johnson all scored 10. Judy Clark led NSU with 17 points and six boards.
Oklahoma State will play the UMKC Kangaroos on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the championship game of the tournament. The Roos upset New Mexico, 71-61, earlier in the evening. UNM will play Northwestern State at 1 p.m.