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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Expect Tiffany Bias back in Cowgirls' lineup vs. Notre Dame

OSU arrived in Stillwater about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. By 8, Bias was in the training room getting treatment on an injured ankle.
By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2014
/articleid/3947306/1/pictures/2386552">Photo - Oklahoma State women's basketball player Tiffany Bias addresses local reporters at a media gathering held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater. The Cowgirls will play Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
Oklahoma State women's basketball player Tiffany Bias addresses local reporters at a media gathering held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater. The Cowgirls will play Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

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.”


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