After a physically and emotionally draining victory against West Virginia, Oklahoma has several factors working against them as it preps for a short turnaround before playing Iowa State Sunday afternoon in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.
Eight scholarship players. Late-night game. Springing forward for Daylight Savings time and losing an hour of sleep.
But coach Sherri Coale isn’t worried about her team being fatigued.
“In 2004, we played four games to win the Big 12 Championship in Dallas, and that was not the most impressive part,” she said. “The most impressive part was every single one of those kids danced on the bus from Norman to Dallas.
“So, seriously, like, they are tired? Are you kidding me? It’s important. They will be ready to play.”
TONI YOUNG CONTENT TO REBOUND
With no Texas Tech starter standing taller than 6-foot, Saturday’s Big 12 quarterfinal matchup became a prime opportunity for Oklahoma State’s Toni Young to utilize her leaping ability.
Young grabbed 18 rebounds in the Cowgirls’ 59-54 win, tying her second-highest total this season. Ten of those boards came on the offensive end.
“My coaches emphasize a lot about me going to get rebounds and try to get every rebound that comes off the rim,” she said. “In this game, if I couldn’t produce on the offensive end, I was going to do something productive, and that was rebounding.”
Young’s career high in rebounds is 22, recorded last season at Missouri.
SHARANE CAMPBELL FIGHTS THROUGH PAIN
When Crystal Leary’s foul knocked Sharane Campbell to the floor in the waning seconds of Oklahoma’s 65-64 victory over West Virginia, it wasn’t the first time she had gotten up gimpy that night.
Campbell exited the game twice after aggravating a leg injury, and occasionally grimaced while running the floor.
But Campbell never sat out for an extended period, finishing the game with 34 minutes played. And she was still able to drill one free throw following that foul with five seconds left, which turned out to be the game-winner.
*OSU post Lindsey Keller missed her sixth consecutive game with injury.
*With two made 3-pointers Saturday night, Aaryn Ellenberg became OU’s all-time record-holder for career 3-pointers with 269. She passed Erin Higgins, who tallied 268 from 2003-07.
*Young is expected to tie Andrea Riley’s school record for career starts (131) in Sunday’s semifinal game against Baylor.
*The Cowgirls wore black jerseys for the fifth time this season, improving to 3-2 in the alternate look.