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

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 the ideology out the window.
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, For The Oklahoman Published: March 7, 2014

Defensively, the Cowgirls will have their hands full against Iowa State.

The Cyclones are a small team with a knack for the 3-pointer. When Iowa State beat OSU in Stillwater on Feb. 26, the Cyclones (20-9, 9-9) drained 15 3s.

After that experience, point guard Tiffany Bias and the Cowgirls are primed with adjustments.

“Our defense was awful last time,” Bias said. “We have to run them off 3s, make them put it on the floor and make them turn the ball over. That’s our biggest key, is playing defense.”

The Cowgirls are also looking to bring the game into the lane.

“I need to work on getting to the basket more,” Martin said. “I settle for a lot of jump shots. We need to shoot free throws, and I barely shoot two a game.

“We really have been trying to focus on posting people up.”

And with Bias — an All-Big 12 first-team selection — leading the charge in her senior season, Littell is not the only one set on cranking up the intensity.

“I’m really focused,” Bias said.

“This is pretty much a new season for us.”