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Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State beat DePaul 73-56 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Norfolk Region.
Liz Donohoe added 14 points for the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (22-10), who blew nearly all of a 16-point lead before taking back control with a 13-0 run. Young also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Oklahoma State shot 46 percent to earn its first tournament win in three years, sending the Cowgirls to Tuesday night's second round to face No. 2 seed and site host Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Anna Martin scored 12 points for the 10th-seeded Blue Demons (21-12), who managed to pull within a point with about 14 minutes left despite struggling on offense the entire afternoon. But DePaul didn't score again for 8 1/2 minutes as the Cowgirls rebuilt their double-digit margin.
The Blue Demons missed 15 straight shots and went nearly 10 minutes without a basket during that ugly stretch. That gave Oklahoma State an opening to...
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For nearly everyone on Oklahoma State, the NCAA tournament will be a new experience. Meanwhile, reaching the field of 64 is old hat for DePaul.
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Oklahoma State claimed a No. 7 seed as it makes its first trip to the tournament since 2010. Seniors Toni...
Toni Young and Kendra Suttles were too much for the DePaul Blue Demons on Sunday afternoon in a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament's Norfolk Region. Young finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds while Suttles added 11 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Cowgirls to a 73-56 victory in OSU's first NCAA trip since 2010. The Cowgirls, 22-10, advance to face the hometown...