DALLAS — Kendra Suttles believes being left-handed gives her an advantage on the basketball floor. But she's a bit surprised her opponents haven't already figured out her secret.
“You'd think that as far as we are in the season that people would realize that I'm left-handed and I really mostly go left,” she said. “I can go right sometimes, but I usually go left.”
Either way, Suttles and Oklahoma State will take the results. The junior post from Lawton has emerged as a well-rounded contributor as the Cowgirls begin Big 12 Tournament play against Texas Tech Saturday morning at the American Airlines Center, a chance for OSU to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume and atone for two single-digit losses to the Lady Raiders during the regular season.
“For the last two months, I think she's been really solid and played as well as anybody we've got on the floor,” coach Jim Littell said of Suttles.
Littell first inserted Suttles into the starting lineup — his only change to his first five all season — against Baylor in early February. Since then, she's averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds over the Cowgirls last 10 games, including a season-high 26 points at Iowa State Monday night.
And her value has only increased with fellow post Lindsey Keller missing the past five games with injury.
“I realized that my team needed me,” Suttles said. “And especially when Lindsey went down, I really understood that I had to step up.”
Her only poor performance during that stretch, according to Littell? Last week in Lubbock, where she turned the ball over nine times. She wasn't the only one who struggled, as the Cowgirls totaled 23 turnovers and allowed 19 offensive rebounds in the 61-53 loss.