NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Florida Gulf Coast will not be a breeze for Cowgirls

The Eagles are one of women’s college basketball’s best 3-point shooting teams, and they’ll be looking to upset an OSU team that’s been riding the up-and-down roller coaster.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: March 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm •  Published: March 21, 2014

photo - CORRECTS TEAM TO OKLAHOMA STATE, NOT FLORIDA GULF COAST- Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias, left, and Brittney Martin laugh during a press conference at the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014.  Florida Gulf Coast plays Oklahoma State in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT
CORRECTS TEAM TO OKLAHOMA STATE, NOT FLORIDA GULF COAST- Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias, left, and Brittney Martin laugh during a press conference at the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014. Florida Gulf Coast plays Oklahoma State in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT

Oklahoma State senior Tiffany Bias admits the Cowgirls’ recent stretch of games has been upsetting.

It’s also been an oddity.

No. 21-ranked Oklahoma State has alternated wins and losses the past 13 games, all against Big 12 opponents. The hope, though, is that Saturday morning’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament opener against 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in West Lafayette, Ind., will trigger a stretch of wins for the Cowgirls.

“Right now, it’s just a roller coaster,” Bias said. “I think we’ve been in a slump a couple of games. We fight back when we’re down, and that’s all you can ask for is to fight back.

“But some of the games, we didn’t show up and it shows sometimes we had a bad practice and it translated over to the game. We’ve learned by losing, which is not how you want to learn. We’re a team, we stick together and we get through it together.”

Tipoff is set for 10 a.m. at Purdue’s Mackey Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

The Cowgirls, who enter the tournament as a fifth seed with a 23-8 record, last won consecutive games in January. They had a three-game winning streak from Jan. 14-22 against TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas.

Since then, they have lost to Baylor three times, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Iowa State and Texas. The most recent loss to Baylor came in the Big 12 Tournament, too.

“We’ve had some inconsistency in our game,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “The second thought is there’s been some games we haven’t shot it very well and then the third way to look at it is we play in the best conference in America.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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