Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls focusing on better defense
Although OSU has coasted to a 3-0 record, coach Jim Littell sees a few things the Cowgirls need to improve
STILLWATER — Jim Littell admits his Oklahoma State women's basketball team is a bit backward right now.
In the early season, a team's defensive play is often way ahead of the offense's production. But with the No. 21-ranked Cowgirls (3-0) implementing several new offensive looks in the preseason, Littell knew the practice focus quickly needed to shift to the defensive end of the floor once the games began.
That has continued as OSU prepares to face Texas-Pan American Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“We've had a couple of very lopsided scores, but I see some things that we're not doing in the right fashion that are going to help us be successful in January,” Littell said. “We showed some things in the Missouri State game (last week) where we didn't guard like we were capable of.
“You'll get away with some of that in the nonconference schedule, but you won't get away with it in conference play. So we've really focused on trying to be more solid on the defensive end of the floor, play without fouling, get back in defensive transition and rebound the ball well.”
So far this season, OSU is giving up 59.7 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot 36.6 percent from the floor. The Cowgirls are also forcing 26.7 turnovers per game, including 13.3 steals.
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