STILLWATER — Liz Donohoe wants to avoid a sophomore slump.
The Oklahoma State forward, and reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year, knows she won't be a surprise to anybody in the conference this season after leading the Cowgirls in rebounding (7.8 per game) and tying for the team lead in scoring (13.1 points per game) last year.
The always soft-spoken Donohoe talked with The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell about her expectations for herself and the Cowgirls this season, playing with a point guard like Tiffany Bias and the team's “Call Me, Maybe” video.
What were the biggest things you worked to improve during the offseason?
“Definitely my speed and being able to come off screens better and having a quicker release and being able to knock down those shots. And just getting better at defense. I need to be faster and stay down and be a better defender than I was last year.”
Looking back, how did the extra practice and game experience in the WNIT help this team?
“It was kind of like that new start. We had a new goal to accomplish. It's a different mindset. We're not going to be perfect, but we can go out and we can play hard and control out effort and attitude, as Coach (Jim) Littell says all the time. That gave us momentum, I think, and the confidence that, ‘OK, we know we can be that good.'”
And you return all five starters. How can you build on the way you finished last season?