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Freshman Liz Donohoe led the Cowgirls to a double-digit win in the third round of the WNIT Thursday (AP Photo). Freshman Liz Donohoe led the Cowgirls to a double-digit win in the third round of the WNIT Thursday (AP Photo).
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A big second half from the Oklahoma State Cowgirls lifted them to a 70-57 win over the Missouri State Bears Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.

The Cowgirls led by just two points to start the second half, and held a 42-37 lead just five minutes into the second half, but snapped off a big run to take a commanding lead. Oklahoma State scored 15 unanswered points, including eight from Liz Donohoe, to hold a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play.

Missouri State responded with a 12-5 run of its own over the next six minutes, cutting the lead to 62-49 with just 5:41 left on the clock.

However, OSU matched the Bears point-for-point in the closing six minutes of the game to cinch up their third-round win.

Overall, Missouri State forced several three-pointers in the second half, leading to the loss. The Bears shot 2-of-9 from behind the arc in the second half, but finished the game 6-of-23 from three-point range. Additionally, only one Missouri State starter finished the game with Karly Buer scoring 12. Jaleshia Roberson set the pace for the Bears with 13 points, hitting just three shots from the floor.

Freshman Liz Donohoe was the star of the game for the Cowgirls, finishing with a double-double, including a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds. Toni Young contributed 15 points, while Lindsey Keller added 12 in the win.

The Cowgirls will now face the winner of Colorado and Villanova, with a time and date yet to be determined.

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