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.”