Late 3 can't beat the buzzer, Cowgirls fall in Manhattan.
Lakota Beatty came within half a second of fame.
Unfortunately, the clock won that race as OSU fell to Kansas State in OT, 52-51. Beatty's desperation heave was first ruled good, but officials reviewed and correctly ruled that the ball had not fully left her hands prior to the clock expiring.
Both teams played sloppy basketball, and the Wildcats shot horribly, managing just 30% from the floor, 13% from 3, and 14-29 from the line.
Even more atrocious, however, was the fact that the Cowgirls had only TWO FT attempts the entire game. While not as aggressive as they could have been, the refs stunk this up.
Beatty was the bright spot for OSU, nailing 5-13 from behind the arc (was 8-26 coming in) to lead the Cowgirls with 17 points. Brittany Martin had a "Le'Bryan Nash" sort of night, going 8-13-3-3-3-2 before fouling out with 1:45 left in OT. After starting with 6 quick points, she almost seemed to quit looking for her shot, and played quite passively once she did get the ball for the remainder of the game. Foul trouble also claimed Lashawn Jones, but not until the very end.
Liz Donohoe was the only other player in double figures for OSU with 13. She continues her struggles from 3, going 1-7, and had missed 15 consecutive before hitting one in the second half.
Your stat of the game? Take away Beatty's 5-13 from behind the arc, and both teams were 4-30 from 3. That's just terrible.
The Cowgirls have dropped 4 consecutive games to fall to 2-6 in the Big 12 (12-6 overall), and face a daunting trip to Ames (7pm Eastern Saturday) without the services of Brittany Atkins, who underwent a scope on her knee. No word yet on her potential return.