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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls' Brittney Martin off to good start — aside from her dental disaster

Oklahoma State guard Brittney Martin talked about how she's adjusting to college basketball, her excitement for Big 12 play and getting her teeth knocked out in the Cowgirls' game against Stephen F. Austin.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 15, 2012

photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Stephen F. Austin's Antionette Carter (20) lands on top of Oklahoma State's Brittney Martin (22) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Stephen F. Austin at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Stephen F. Austin's Antionette Carter (20) lands on top of Oklahoma State's Brittney Martin (22) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Stephen F. Austin at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

You're now about a month into your first season. How is it going so far?

“The defense is kind of what was really different than high school. I can't say I never played defense in high school, but I didn't play it like we have to play in Division I. You don't know what it's like until you get here. I think defense is what I really struggle with a lot right now.”

You said after your first game that you were nervous about playing at Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first time. Have those emotions calmed down at all?

“First game, I was so scared. I came out there and I didn't even know what to do. In my mind I was just like, ‘When in doubt, what am I supposed to do? Shoot it, right?' That's the only thing I could think of. The nerves kind of went down, just because I love our fans here. They're all so nice to everybody. I feel comfortable now, but I guess when we go out of state and stuff, I've got to see how's that's going to work out when no one's cheering for you.”

Big 12 play starts Jan. 2. What have your teammates and coaches been telling you about what to expect?

“They've been saying that people pressure a lot (on the wing). It's going to be a lot harder to pass. It's going to be a lot harder to drive. I guess they're just saying it's going to be a lot harder, because everybody is good. It's not just like high school, where one person on a team is good. You have to learn how to get open. You can't just stand around. I'm just excited to get into conference play.”