WBB: UTA falls to No. 15 Oklahoma State 90-54

Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavericks with season-high 15 points.

Dec. 22, 2012

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By Michael Eldridge| UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington lost to No. 15 Oklahoma State 90-54 Saturday afternoon at College Park Center.

Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavericks with season-high 15 points in the game, followed by Eboni Watkins' season-high 11.

The Cowgirls got into an early rhythm on offense and finished shooting at a 53.5-percent clip.

"When you play Oklahoma State you have to pick your poison," UT Arlington coach Samantha Morrow said. "We knew physically that we couldn't match up with them inside. From one to five, we could not just man up.

We could have had a few more rebounds, but we played hard. We missed a few shots that we shouldn't have, but Oklahoma State is really good. They are legitimately in the top 15."

The Mavs trailed 12-2 to open up the game and were never able to bounce back into while having a tough time stopping the Cowgirls leading scorers, Liz Donohoe and Toni Young. Young led all scorers in the game with 21 points, leading Oklahoma State to its third overall 9-0 start in program history.

UTA used a 6-2 run midway through the opening half to put some pressure on the Cwogirls. However, 11 turnovers would doom the Mavericks confidence in the first half and Oklahoma State pulled ahead 52-24 going into the break.

"I thought at one point we could turn the game into a 12-point game at half time and then we had five consecutive turnovers," Morrow said. "We had a real chance there and gave it away and all of a sudden they score five in a row."

A slow start by both teams kept scoring scarce in the first few minutes of the second half. The teams accounted for a bucket a piece in the first three minutes of the half. UTA countered had a 3-point flurry in the second half, with Malaika Green hitting two from deep. 

Oklahoma State's Brittney Martin ended with her first triple-double of her career with 14 rebounds, 10 points and 10 assists.

The 36-point defeat was the largest of the season for UTA, and biggest margin since a 110-58 loss to Oral Roberts during the 2010-11 season. The defeat put the Mavericks at an overall record of 2-8 ahead of its first Western Athletic Conference game on Dec. 29 at New Mexico State.




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