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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls ready for showdown with Baylor

No. 8 OSU plays host to the No. 12 Bears in what might be the biggest regular-season game in program history.
By Gina Mizell Published: January 25, 2014

— Tiffany Bias often speaks as quickly as she races around the basketball floor.

But the Oklahoma State senior point guard took a brief pause to ponder this question.

Is Sunday's matchup against national heavyweight Baylor the biggest regular-season game in her Cowgirl career?

“Uh, I think so,” Bias said. “I'm not really sure. … Every game we have to go out and prove ourselves.”

Here’s a broader question: Is this the biggest regular-season game in Cowgirl basketball history?

On paper, it sure could be.

While the 2008 Bedlam game in Stillwater — where a sold-out crowd watched Andrea Riley drop 45 points in a Cowgirl rout and late coach Kurt Budke broke out the infamous orange blazer — will likely always be regarded as OSU’s biggest watershed moment, Sunday’s showdown between the No. 8 Cowgirls and No. 12 Baylor is the first meeting between two top-10 women’s basketball teams at Gallagher-Iba Arena. It’s also just the second matchup between two top 10 teams in OSU history, joining an 88-67 loss at No. 4 Nebraska in 2010 when the Cowgirls were ranked 10th.

And Sunday gives the Cowgirls (17-1, 6-1 Big 12) a chance to knock off the three-time defending Big 12 champs and firmly establish themselves as the front-runners to win the league this season as we near the halfway point of conference play.

“I think a lot of people still look at (Baylor) as the favorite, because they've been there and been so successful and have a star on their team (Odyssey Sims),” coach Jim Littell said. “I think people around the country are looking at us as the underdog in this game, and that's fine.

“Until somebody dethrones them, they've earned that respect.”

Baylor certainly looks different this season without 6-8 phenom Brittney Griner, who is now in the WNBA. And about a week ago, the Bears showed some inconsistency, hanging with top-ranked Connecticut for the bulk of an 11-point loss before suffering a shocking 76-60 defeat at Kansas.

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