Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls are consistently inconsistent

OSU has won back-to-back Big 12 games twice, and its longest conference winning streak is three games.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 26, 2013
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photo - WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL / REACTION: Oklahoma State's Lindsey Keller (25) and Toni Young (15) react in front of Kansas State's Mariah White (22) after Young made a shot and was fouled during an NCAA women's basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Kansas State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL / REACTION: Oklahoma State's Lindsey Keller (25) and Toni Young (15) react in front of Kansas State's Mariah White (22) after Young made a shot and was fouled during an NCAA women's basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Kansas State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Bedlam performance ranked with the 29-point dismantling of a now-ranked ISU squad as the Cowgirls' best of the season. But the TCU loss dropped OSU out of The Associated Press' Top 25 — and is all but inexcusable for a team fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth.

Littell and his coaching staff have tried various tactics to establish that consistency this season. Situational drills in practice. Wind sprints serving as the price for making a mistake or lacking focus.

But, ultimately, the players have to make that choice, he said.

“It's the time of year that they've got to come highly motivated to practice and get better and prepare,” he said. “We don't have the luxury of benching people, so they've got to do a lot of things to hold themselves accountable.”

And with just three games remaining in the regular season, including road contests at Tech and ISU, if that consistency is going to come, it needs to happen soon.

“We've gone from it being a marathon to a sprint now,” Littell said. “You've got to finish strong. There's not time for mistakes now, not time for not showing up to play.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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Consistently inconsistent

Oklahoma State's 2012-13 season has been uneven, with all eight Big 12 victories coming by double digits, yet perplexing losses against some of the conference's worst teams. Here's a breakdown of the Cowgirls' resume.

Record: 19-7 (8-7 Big 12)

Big 12 standing: Tied for fifth

Big wins: vs. Iowa State (71-42), vs. Oklahoma (83-62), vs. Kansas (76-59), at West Virginia (64-54), at Kansas (65-52)

Bad losses: at Kansas State (76-70, OT), at TCU (64-63), at Oklahoma (80-61)

Regular-season games remaining: Wednesday at Texas Tech, Saturday vs. Texas, March 4 at Iowa State

Compiled by Gina Mizell

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

*When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

*Where: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

*Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5

*TV: None

Three things to know

*Texas Tech won the first meeting between these teams, 64-59 in Stillwater in the Big 12 opener for both squads. OSU last won in Lubbock in 2010.

*OSU's Toni Young is averaging 17.8 points and 14.8 rebounds over the Cowgirls' last four games.

*Texas Tech, which threw OSU a heavy dose of full-court press and trap defense in their last meeting, leads the Big 12 in steals (10.7 per game) and turnover margin (plus-5.5)

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