Known for playing 40 minutes at full speed, Oklahoma State point guard Tiffany Bias is tough to keep down.
After Bias injured her left ankle in the Cowgirls’ 73-66 win against Purdue on Monday in West Lafayette, Ind., coach Jim Littell said the team got back to Stillwater at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
By 8 a.m., Littell said Bias was getting treatment in hope of being at full health for OSU’s Sweet 16 matchup against Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
Bias did not practice Wednesday, but Littell said he expects her to be ready.
Bias admitted to being less than 100 percent, but said she intends to be good to go when it matters.
“I’m fine,” Bias said. “I haven’t missed a game, so I’ll be there Saturday. We’ll take it day-to-day, but I’m doing OK.”
COWGIRLS BACK ON ROAD
Monday’s win against Purdue came on the Boilermakers’ home court in Mackey Arena.
Saturday, the Cowgirls will again face the challenge of winning a tournament game on the opponent’s home court. OSU plays Notre Dame at the Joyce Center.
Doing it once was tough. Doing it again against a 34-0 Notre Dame team will be even tougher.
“That may be an understatement,” Littell said. “We’re very aware of Notre Dame, how good they are. Very deserving of the No. 2 ranking in the country. By watching the film, it’s probably one of the most efficient teams I’ve ever seen.”
The odds are stacked against the Cowgirls, especially in another road game. But for OSU guard Brittney Martin, location doesn’t matter when it’s the Sweet 16.
“I’m glad we’re playing, no matter where we’re playing,” Martin said. “We have to give 100 percent on anybody’s court.”
LOECKER PROVIDING VALUABLE MINUTES
Freshman post Katelyn Loecker isn’t one of the most recognizable names on the Cowgirls’ roster, but she’s filling her role as well as anyone.
Against Purdue, she played only four minutes, finishing with one rebound and one steal. Maybe not an impressive box score, but Loecker’s two drawn charges that don’t show up on the stat sheet ended up being huge.
OSU often likes to run four-guard lineups, but against bigger teams, the Cowgirls need all the help they can get when forced into two-post sets.
That means Loecker’s minutes against Notre Dame, even if limited, could be as important as any player’s.
“She gives us energy,” Littell said. “She’s not going to score a lot of points, but she understands as well as anybody what we try to do defensively. She’s one of those kids that’s just a great teammate.”