Big 12 women's basketball tournament: Time for Cowgirls to pick up the pace

BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, For The Oklahoman Published: March 7, 2014

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Jim Littell has a go-to saying when his team faces adversity during the regular season:

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

But as his No. 18-ranked Cowgirls enter the postseason having lost five of their past 10, he’s throwing that ideology out the window.

“It does become a sprint,” Littell said. “It’s to that point now that it’s one-and-done time.”

It starts Saturday, when four-seed OSU opens the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship against five-seed Iowa State. Tip is at 11 a.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

For the Cowgirls (22-7, 11-7 Big 12), inconsistency has marred the past several weeks. OSU hasn’t won or lost more than one consecutive game since January.

Among the negatives has been lackluster shooting. In the Cowgirls’ loss at Texas on Monday, OSU shot only 35.4 percent.

Starting guard Brittney Martin went 2-of-11. Other Cowgirls, such as forward Liz Donohoe, have struggled finding a reliable rhythm.

If the Cowgirls want to make run in the tournament, Littell said that must change.

“This time of year, your main people have got to get their numbers,” Littell said. “It can’t be a deal if you’re averaging 12 a game, I’m going to go get four. That’s not going to work this time of year.”