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Oklahoma scene: Candace Whitaker added to Cowgirls basketball staff

Former University of Missouri-Kansas City coach is the new associate head coach for Oklahoma State.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 7, 2012

Former University of Missouri-Kansas City coach Candace Whitaker was named the Cowgirls' associate women's basketball coach on Saturday.

During her tenure in Kansas City, Whitaker was 77-93. Last season the 'Roos were 22-12 and they advanced to the Summit League Tournament title game.

“My admiration for Coach (Jim) Littell's character as well as his coaching ability are the primary reasons for accepting the position,” Whitaker said. “Knowing the quality of the staff at OSU, it is exciting to join them in the program's continued success.”

Whitaker played for Littell at Seward County (Kan.) Community College before playing two years at Texas Tech, where she led the Red Raiders to the Sweet 16 each season.


Freshman Lauren Chamberlain hit two home runs and the fifth-ranked Sooners rebounded from Friday's loss on Saturday to top Texas Tech 4-1 and clinch a conference series win in softball action.

Chamberlain now has 19 homers, one shy of OU's single-season record set by Lynette Velazquez in 1999 and Lisa Carey in 2000.

Michelle Gascoigne picked up the win as she struck out eight and allowed just six hits.

Oklahoma (32-5, 8-2 Big 12) travels to Stillwater on Wednesday for the second leg of Bedlam at 7 p.m.


Saturday's women's Bedlam tennis match in Stillwater was canceled because of inclement weather. The match is rescheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m.


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