Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half on Monday night on its way to a 55-39 win over Texas Southern in front of 1,063 fans inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
OSU (4-4) got a standout performance from freshman Taleesha Conder, who recorded her first career double-double. The Alva, Okla., native scored 17 points in the second half en route to a 22-point outing to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Cowgirls struggled offensively in the first half, hitting just 34 percent overall from the field and one of their six attempts from the three-point arc, but were still able to take a 25-20 lead at the break. In the half, OSU forced the Tigers (0-8) into 18 turnovers, converting the miscues into 16 points.
Overall, the Cowgirls forced TSU into 32 turnovers and held the Tigers to a 28 percent night from the field that included a 6-of-31 effort from the three-point line.
In the second half, OSU was unable to pull away until a 16-0 run over a nine-minute stretch pushed the lead from four to 20 at 53-33. Conder fueled the spurt with seven points, four rebounds and two steals.
Senior Nina Stone was the only other Cowgirl to reach double figures with 14 points while pulling nine rebounds.
The contest was the first of three consecutive home games for OSU with its next contest coming on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. against South Dakota State.