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Oklahoma State ends tragic season with WNIT title

By Jeff Latzke

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 3:26 p.m. MDT

Oklahoma State forward Toni Young (15) and James Madison forward Nikki Newman (30) react to a foul call on James Madison in the first half of the WNIT Championship NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Toni Young scored 25 points, Tiffany Bias added 17 points and 11 assists and Oklahoma State ended a season marked by tragedy by beating James Madison 75-68 on Saturday to win the program's first WNIT championship.

Liz Donohoe notched her fifth straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cowgirls (22-12) and made it through the tournament without trailing in the second half despite a late charge by the Dukes.

Oklahoma State lost head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a Nov. 17 plane crash that also claimed the lives of pilot Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula.

The season ended with a triumph, though.

Tarik Hislop scored all 16 of her points in the second half to lead James Madison (29-8), but it wasn't enough to overcome a 17-point deficit.

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