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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Jim Littell
Oklahoma State seemed on the verge of catching Baylor for nearly the entire game on Sunday.
There was no comeback bid by No. 12 Oklahoma State against No. 7 Baylor this time.
Odyssey Sims was determined to be better for No. 7 Baylor this time against No. 12 Oklahoma State.
Prior to the Bedlam matchup at Oklahoma on Saturday, 11th-ranked Oklahoma State was unbeaten in their last 33 games when scoring at least 70 points. That streak ended in Norman, thanks to an unexpected outburst from Oklahoma guard Sharane Campbell, who scored a career-high 28 points in the Sooners' 81-74 victory over the Cowgirls.
Oklahoma State had been in this position before, on the ropes against a conference foe.
It had been 10 years and 10 months since the plane crash that killed 10 people associated with Oklahoma State's men's basketball program _ long enough for the healing to begin but recent enough to rush old memories to the surface when news of another plane crash broke.
Kurt Budke turned Oklahoma State's women's basketball team into a winner and hoped he'd found the place where he'd coach until he retired. Miranda Serna had passed up opportunities to leave his side, staying loyal to the man whom she had helped to win a junior college national championship and then rebuild a big-time college program.
Kurt Budke believed in Oklahoma State when no one else did, and he wasn't afraid to show it.
Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.
"I thought we did a nice job on Odyssey," Littell said. "If somebody would have told me we held her to 17 going in, I would have taken that."
"Tiff and Liz really didn't have a very good shooting night, and we needed to make some of those shots," Littell said. "But I thought we did a good job of getting good looks for them, and we didn't finish some of the shots. There's a lot of different things you can point to. I'm really disappointed. I thought we had a chance to win the ballgame."