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Cowgirls overpower Purdue 73-66 in women's tourney

Oklahoma State guard Roshunda Johnson heads up court after making a steal in front of Purdue forward Liza Clemons (23) and guard Hayden Hamby (10) during the first half of a women's second round NCAA tournament college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Oklahoma State refused to let anything get in the way of Monday night's celebration.

Not another second-half collapse, not its penchant for alternating wins and losses and certainly not Tiffany Bias' injury. Instead, the Cowgirls found a way to persevere one more time.

Brittney Martin finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds, LaShawn Jones added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Oklahoma State reached its first Sweet 16 in six years with a 73-66 win at Purdue.

"We wanted to win. That sounds silly, but I was going as hard as I could. I was going to get it done," Martin said after the Cowgirls won their second straight for the first time since January.

It was a sweet victory for a program rocked 2

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