Oklahoma State women's basketball: Liz Donohoe keeps free-throw shooting simple

Donohoe stands as one of women's college basketball's elite foul shooters, ranking second nationally with a 94.9 percentage (74-of-78). She's one-tenth of a percent behind leader Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 4, 2013

STILLWATER — One dribble. Two dribbles. Release.

That's the free throw routine Liz Donohoe developed during a basketball camp when she was in eighth grade.

“Keep it simple,” she recalls the instructor telling her. “One, two, shot.”

Worked then. Works now.

Donohoe currently stands as one of women's college basketball's elite foul shooters, ranking second nationally with a 94.9 percentage (74-of-78), just one-tenth of a percent behind leader Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa.

To put Donohoe's accuracy from the stripe in perspective, Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin entered Monday tied for the NBA lead in free-throw percentage at 90.4 percent.

“Her shot is very compact,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “There's not a lot of range of motion in her shot. There's not a lot of room for error in her shot. Technique-wise, she's very, very sound, plus she's put her time in.”

For much of the season, Donohoe occupied the NCAA's top spot in free-throw percentage. But her streak of 40 consecutive makes — which dated back to Dec. 6 — was snapped when her first attempt against West Virginia rolled off the front of the rim.

Somehow, coaches and staff members kept the streak, which tied Andrea Riley for the longest in school history, a secret from Donohoe. Didn't want to jinx the no-hitter.

But Donohoe admits she started to notice that it had been a while since she had missed from the stripe.

“It does kind of feel like that,” she said. “It kind of makes me a little nervous, when I haven't missed any (in a while).”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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