As the No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (14-2, 3-2 Big 12) prepare to face Kansas State in Manhattan Wednesday night, here are some notes and nuggets left over from my notebook.
FRESHMAN GUARD ATKINS TO REDSHIRT
OSU coach Jim Littell said last week that he plans to redshirt freshman guard Brittany Atkins.
Atkins had her knee scoped before the season and was originally expected to miss about a month. She has returned to practice, but Littell estimated she’s only about 60 percent healthy.
“By the time she got to 100 percent, we’d be 20 or 22 games in,” Littell said. “Why waste it? It’s not right for the kid to do that to her.”
The Cowgirls don’t have a ton of depth on the perimeter, with only three healthy guards in Tiffany Bias, Brittney Martin and Kamri Anderson. But Bias averages 33.9 minutes per game, and forwards Liz Donohoe and Morgan Toben play heavily on the wing.
COWGIRLS CAN’T DWELL — ON WIN
Coaches and players often stress that a team cannot dwell on a loss.
The opposite is true for the Cowgirls this week coming off a dominating 71-42 victory over a ranked Iowa State club Sunday afternoon.
Now OSU has two consecutive road tests, at Kansas State Wednesday night and Kansas Saturday night.
“You can’t get too high,” senior center Lindsey Keller said. “You can’t get too full of yourself.
“Hopefully we can dig our heels in and just go right back at it. Realize that we’re playing a different team, have our game plan put in, (know) what our coaches set up and just go to work and stay focused.”
K-STATE STYLE A BLEND BETWEEN TEXAS, IOWA STATE
Against Texas on Jan. 14, OSU faced an athletic team that wanted to drive to the basket rather than shoot from the outside.
Against Iowa State Sunday, the Cowgirls matched up against a squad that wanted to fire away from 3-point range.
Perhaps that helped OSU prepare for K-State, a team that blends both styles of play.
“Now we have a combined philosophy on how they play of dribble drive to shoot the 3,” Littell said. “Over half their shots are going to be 3s. It’s just different preparations. You’ve got to get locked in. It’s different challenges every night out.”