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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Cowgirls freshman Roshunda Johnson was exceptional as Tiffany Bias' replacement

Bias left OSU’s game on Monday against Purdue with an injured ankle. Johnson took over at point guard and finished with 16 points, three assists and four steals to help the Cowgirls to a 73-66 victory in West Lafayette, Ind.
By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2014

Being in shape, was that a rude awakening when you first got to OSU?

“Oh, yeah. It was a real rude awakening. I started off good, and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I got this.’ And then you get into the games and the serious practices and I was like, ‘Oh, no. I have to do another thing and then another thing.’ So I had to push myself further and get in extra work outside of practice.”

So you step onto campus, and in your first year, you’re playing in the Sweet 16. You’re in the heat of the moment, but is that surreal to think about that?

“It’s amazing. I’m blessed, me and my team is blessed, and I would say Oklahoma State has made it to the Sweet 16 before, but we plan on going farther than the Sweet 16. Notre Dame is a great team, and our team is playing really well, so I feel like we have a good chance.”

If you look ahead to being next in a line of point guards that includes Andrea Riley and Tiffany Bias, what’s that mean to you?

“When I first got here, I knew at some point I was gonna have to take the lead, and I knew Tiffany Bias was a senior coming in. I had to learn from her and do stuff outside in order to one day be where she is right now. I’m working on it right now, but it’ll be pretty good.”

What’s going to be the biggest key to beat a strong Notre Dame team?

“We have to stop transition. Be able to put the ball on the floor, be aggressive and play good defense all around for 40 minutes, and I feel like we all just have to talk. If we talk, we should be good.”