STILLWATER — All it takes is a nudge from teammate and roommate Taylor Schippers to get Liz Donohoe back in the gym. Actually, it's often Donohoe who's doing the nudging.
Before practice. After practice. Shoot. Rebound. Repeat.
“I fell in love with the game when I was in seventh grade,” said Donohoe, a freshman forward on the Oklahoma State women's basketball team. “When I started playing, that's all I wanted to do all the time. I guess that's carried over.”
That work ethic has helped Donohoe emerge as OSU's leading scorer and one of the top freshmen in the Big 12. The 6-foot forward from Edmond North High School averages 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for a Cowgirl squad that is 9-3 (1-2 Big 12) heading into its Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma on Saturday morning at Gallager-Iba Arena.
“It's not an accident,” OSU coach Jim Littell said of Donohoe's success so far. “Liz spends more time in the gym than any player that we have.”
Donohoe is bashful doing interviews, but Littell sees a fire, determination and maturity on the court. He first noticed it when he watched Donohoe play at Edmond North, which is why he always expected her to contribute right away.
“She doesn't need many people to lead her in the right direction,” Littell said. “I think it's rare, and I think that's why she's having a good year. A lot of freshmen come in and sit back and examine and (think) ‘How am I supposed to act? What am I supposed to do?'