The Lady Bears traveled to Oklahoma State Wednesday night, losing 44-40.

After the opening drives for both teams, they had a nearly three and a half minute dry spell for points, keeping it a 3-3 game. 

The Cowgirls scored a pullup jumper but senior forward Abi Jackson answered with a layup assisted by senior guard Mya Bhinhar. 

The Lady Bears defense put the Cowgirls in a six-minute scoreless run and ended the first quarter up 14-7.

Another defensive run for the Lady Bears gave them an 8-0 advantage in the second quarter, but the Cowgirls held them scoreless in the last minutes of the half, 27-15 at the buzzer. 

Though the Lady Bears were up at the half, they were only shooting at 28.6% but led the Cowgirls on the defensive end with 25 rebounds and nine steals. 

Offensively, the Lady Bears were looking for shots and taking them when they found the opportunity, but were unable to score. 

The Lady Bears had a tough third quarter, they did not score for the last six and a half minutes of the quarter. The Cowgirls outscored the Lady Bears 12-2. 

OSU sophomore forward Taylen Collins did a lot of damage to the bears in the third quarter, scoring eight of those 12 points. 

Senior guard Brice Calip picked up her fourth assist of the night on a bounce pass score to senior forward Abby Hipp keeping the score tight, 33-31.

Senior forward Jasmine Franklin was pulling boards for the Lady Bears when they needed them most but was not able to pull it all together. 

Missouri State began to trail in the last four minutes of the game and were not able to recover, falling to the Cowgirls in a low scoring game of 44-40.

Offensively, it was an uncharacteristic  night for the Lady Bears. Calip went 1-12, senior guard Mariah White went 0-5 and Franklin went 3-14 from the floor. Though offense was a struggle, Franklin did reach a new career high for rebounds, pulling 19 boards.

The Lady Bears play again Nov. 20 at the University of Southern California at 4 p.m.


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