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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: OSU will guard perimeter against Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast has attempted 972 treys this season. The Eagles are one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the country.
by Jacob Unruh Published: March 21, 2014
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photo - Florida Gulf Coast head coach Karl Smesko watches his team during practice 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/Michael Conroy)
Florida Gulf Coast head coach Karl Smesko watches his team during practice 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/Michael Conroy)

Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Jim Littell can recite Florida Gulf Coast’s 3-point shooting stats.

The number 972 stands out — as in the 3-point attempts out of the Eagles’ 1,900 total shots this season.

That’s what the fifth-seeded Cowgirls are facing to open the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

“They’re going to launch it from anywhere, and they’re not going to stop,” Littell said. “Their attitude is that the next shot’s going in. It is one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the country.”

Littell and senior Tiffany Bias compared Florida Gulf Coast to Big 12 foe Iowa State, but the Eagles are more intense. OSU went 2-1 this season against Iowa State.

“I think that they really bank on their 3s, so it’s really contesting and pushing them out past their range and not making them feel comfortable,” Bias said of Florida Gulf Coast. “We can’t back off, and (we have to) always have a hand in their face because that’s what they look for.”

Whitney Knight, a 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore, leads the Eagles with 216 3-point attempts. She has made 82. Four players have attempted more than 100 3-pointers.

They also feature Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Sarah Hansen, who averages 13.8 points per game.

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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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