STILLWATER, Okla. - Senior Carolyn Davis cracked the top-10 for all-time scoring in Kansas history, but it was the scoring of Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe that stole the evening as the No. 21-ranked Cowgirls handed No. 17 Kansas its first Big 12 Conference loss, 76-59, at Gallagher-Iba Arena Tuesday night.
Donohoe paced Oklahoma State (12-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12) with a season-best-tying 24 points to lead four players in double-digit scoring. Kansas fell to 11-3 and 2-1, respectively.
"When you are trying to claw and get back in it is tough to leave five backend of one-and-one free throws off the board," head coach Bonnie Henrickson. "I thought we were flat and didn't have that much bounce, but Asia (Boyd) came in a gave us a little plug."
In the second half, KU narrowed the gap, 44-37, with 14:30 remaining, but OSU pushed the lead back to double-digits with a 6-0 run. The Cowgirls, behind Donohoe, built its largest lead of the game, 60-42 with 9:01 left on the clock. KU would not go away and put together its first big run of the game with an 11-2 spurt with five points from Asia Boyd to the cut the game to 62-53 with 6:06 left. OSU countered with a 9-2 run and put the game out of reach, 71-55, at the 3:25 mark.
The Cowgirls jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 16:46 on the clock, thanks to a 5-1 rebounding edge during that span. Kansas closed the gap, 11-8, but then OSU answer with a 9-0 run to take a 20-8 lead. OSU's Donohoe accounted for 12 of the Cowgirls' first 20 points and finished with 17 in the first half of play. Kansas continued to cut into the OSU advantage throughout the remainder of the half, getting the deficit is as low as six points, before trailing 37-29 at the break.
Davis led the Jayhawks with 12 points and now has 1,525 on her career, surpassing Angie Snider for the No. 10 spot in the KU record books for career scoring. Angel Goodrich added 12 points, along with eight assists, for her seventh-straight double-digit scoring game.
After playing three games in seven days, Kansas will have four days to prepare for No. 1 Baylor for a 1:30 p.m., Sunday matchup at Allen Fieldhouse.