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Oklahoma State basketball: Jim Littell talks Bedlam women, win over TCU

Cowgirls coach Jim Littell talked about beginning a new season when Oklahoma State finished the first half of Big 12 play 4-5.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 9, 2013

/articleid/3753750/1/pictures/1948922">Photo - Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell shouts at Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell shouts at Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

How impressed are you with the way OU has continued to play well despite the rash of injuries the Sooners have sustained, particularly to Whitney Hand? You've been very complimentary of her in the past.

What Coach (Sherri) Coale's done has been remarkable this year. But I think you still have a Whitney Hand to lead. She's just leading in a different capacity. I think one of the big pluses for them this year is Joanna McFarland has played very well. There's probably not anybody that's playing harder or more relentless than McFarland. On top of that, they still have a lot of players that shoot the ball well.

What's going to be the biggest key for your team in the game?

We've got to control the boards. We've got to get back — defensive transition is probably the No. 1 key. Defensive transition, rebound the basketball and cover the 3-point shooters.

You've now been a part of the Bedlam rivalry for several years. What makes it special?

It's the same in every sport that you have. It's for bragging rights within the state. A lot of times, we're recruiting the same players. It's just your typical in-state rivalry game where there's a lot of excitement. If you can't get excited for a game like this, you've got a problem.

Do you have a favorite Bedlam memory?

We got a big win against them last year at home. And then the game when Andrea Riley had 45 points (in 2008). Those are the two big memories.


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