EeTisha Riddle’s baseline jumper with 21 seconds left gave the Missouri women’s basketball team the lead for good after a back-and-forth game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater Wednesday night.
LaToya Bond, who led the Tigers with 17 points, hit a pair of free throws late to seal the 69-65 victory over the Cowgirls.
With the win, along with Baylor’s win at Texas A&M, Missouri moved back into a tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference at 8-4 in league play. It also continues its best start since 1983-84.
Oklahoma State (6-17, 0-12) trailed 35-34 at halftime after holding Missouri (18-6, 8-4) to a single field goal in the final 5:17 of the first half.
The game featured six ties and 10 lead changes, mostly in the second half.
“This amazed me tonight. You have got to give credit to Oklahoma State,” coach Cindy Stein said. “They were prepared for us. It took us two or three reads to get a good shot. Our kids grinded it out, but we won.”
Missouri trailed 50-45 after a 10-4 Oklahoma State run in the second half before Bond hit a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, to go along with a putback by the Cowgirls, which pulled the Tigers within one midway through the second half.
Senior center Christelle N’Garsanet, who collected her 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, was forced to sit out five minutes of the second half with four fouls, but re-entered the game with 5:13 to go and tied the game with an inside jumper.
Carlynn Savant, who had 14 points, gave the Tigers the lead on a 3-pointer shortly after.
Tiffany Brooks finished with 11.