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
by Gina Mizell Published: November 19, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) and  Cal Poly's Kayla Griffin (1) dive for a loose ball during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at  Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) and Cal Poly's Kayla Griffin (1) dive for a loose ball during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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