But then freshman guard Brittany Atkins had her knee scoped in the preseason, and has yet to see the floor. And last week, sophomore guard Jordan Schultz decided to leave the program for personal reasons.
That leaves the Cowgirls with nine healthy players, with all seeing an average of at least 11 minutes per game.
Because of the shorter bench, Littell has stressed that the Cowgirls need to take care of themselves. That means taking the proper steps to prevent injury and illness, eating right and get enough sleep.
Because on the basketball floor, Keller said the Cowgirls trust each other's abilities. And she looks at the fact that all nine players have contributed thus far — and could be needed during conference play — as a positive.
“It's easier to keep people happy,” she said. “And when you're happy, you play better.
“There's no hiding behind someone else. There's no relaxing and saying, ‘Oh, I'm just going to chill this game.' No. You're all going to play (and) you're all going to have to do something when you come in.”
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No. 15 Oklahoma State vs. UT Arlington
*When: 2 p.m. Saturday
*Where: College Park Center (Arlington, Texas)
*Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5
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