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.”
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
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)