STILLWATER — At times during Oklahoma State's rout of Texas State on Wednesday night, Liz Donohoe trusted her hot shooting hand.
She scored nine consecutive points early in the ballgame, when the Cowgirls were struggling from the floor. And she drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half.
Then she passed up an open 12-foot jumper.
Donohoe is once again the leading scorer for an 18th-ranked Cowgirl squad that continues its nonconference schedule Saturday afternoon against Texas Southern at Gallagher-Iba Arena. But it's also still a work-in-progress for the sophomore forward to balance her unselfish nature with a go-to scorer's mentality.
“She sometimes thinks, ‘Well, I need to get somebody else involved. I've shot twice in a row, and somebody else ought to shoot,'” coach Jim Littell said. “That's not the shooter's mentality that we want her to have. So we keep talking to her about that.”
Donohoe certainly isn't wrong in thinking her teammates can contribute offensively. Three other Cowgirls — Toni Young (17.4 points per game), Tiffany Bias (11.8) and Brittney Martin (10.4) — are averaging double figures for a team that entered this week leading the nation in scoring at 90.3 points per game. And OSU (5-0) has won 16 consecutive contests when at least four players score 10 points or more.
But Donohoe, the reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year, can score in a variety of ways.
She can nail the 3-pointer from the left wing in transition and come off screens to sink the open jumper. She can snag the rebound and put the ball back in the bucket.
“(Littell) talks to me about that a lot,” Donohoe said. “But I don't really like shooting every time …”
Her voice trails off at the end of the sentence. That's the growing, but still soft-spoken, Donohoe, who's still just a sophomore and continuing finding her way on the court at times.
Donohoe's teammates, though, always want her shooting whenever she has an open look.
“We have to make her shoot it sometimes,” Young said. “We tell her, ‘Seriously, I don't care if you miss 10 in a row. Shoot the 11th ball. We don't care.'
“She's a great shooter, obviously. If you're open, shoot out. We'll rebound it if you miss it.”
Oklahoma State vs. Texas Southern
*When: 2 p.m. Saturday
*Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater
*Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5