Oklahoma State opens the Big 12 Women’s Tournament on Saturday morning against Iowa State, which beat the Cowgirls with relative ease Feb. 26 in Stillwater.
“The girls are ready to play, especially after the loss at home to Iowa State,” said OSU senior guard Tiffany Bias. “We’re ready to get back on the court and play them again.”
OSU beat the Cyclones 69-62 in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 11.
In the game last month in Stillwater, ISU made 15 of 36 3-point attempts and shot 52.7 percent from the field.
“When we played at Iowa State, we did a great job guarding the 3-line,” said OSU coach Jim Littell. “When we came back home, we didn’t do as well. … They thrive on shooting the 3-ball and we’ve got to do a good job of defending that.”
KSU USED TO OVERTIME
The first Big 12 Tournament game went into overtime, with Kansas beating in-state rival Kansas State 87-84. It was the sixth overtime game in the tournament’s history, and Kansas State has now been part of four of them.
The Wildcats won in 1998 against Baylor, but have lost every Big 12 Tournament overtime appearances since (2006 to Baylor, 2008 to Iowa State and 2014 to Kansas).
It was the first time in Big 12 Tournament history that the opening game went into overtime.
KANSAS GETS ANOTHER SHOT AT BAYLOR
The last time Kansas faced Baylor, the Jayhawks snapped the Bears’ 57-game Big 12 Conference winning streak with a 76-60 upset victory in Lawrence, Kan.
KU gets another crack at the No. 1-seeded Bears on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
“I think it's all about just coming out confident and coming out playing our game,” said KU senior CeCe Harper. “The prep that the coaches give us is amazing, just knowing what we needed to do to put ourselves in the situation to win tomorrow.”
COALE LIKES CHANGES
For the second year, the Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are being held at two different sites in different weeks.
The women’s tournament was in Dallas last year, and will return there next season, with the 2014 and 2016 events being held in Oklahoma City. The men’s tournament is next week in Kansas City, Mo.
“We just have the one year’s experience, but we had a good crowd last year, and I love having it in Oklahoma City,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.
Littell, on Bias’ career: “She’s been the face of this program for a lot of years now. She’s basically started every game of her career since she’s been here. She’s a unanimous choice all-Big 12, an All-American last year. She’s the heart and soul of this team.”
BY JASON KERSEY