Oklahoma State basketball: Roshunda Johnson is the point guard of the future

Freshman is learning how to play the position from current OSU standout Tiffany Bias and former star Andrea Riley.
by Gina Mizell Published: January 28, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State's Roshunda Johnson (00) drives to the basket during an NCAA girl's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Baylor at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Baylor defeated Oklahoma State in overtime 69-66. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Roshunda Johnson (00) drives to the basket during an NCAA girl's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Baylor at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Baylor defeated Oklahoma State in overtime 69-66. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

— Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said the Cowgirls' point guards of the past, present and future were in the house for their loss to Baylor Sunday afternoon.

The past? Andrea Riley, who was in the crowd and plans to rehab in Stillwater following knee surgery.

The present? Tiffany Bias, who, of course, is currently OSU's dynamic floor general.

The future? Roshunda Johnson, a freshman who had a breakout performance against Baylor with 15 points off the bench to help key a furious rally from the Cowgirls.

Johnson talked with The Oklahoman earlier this week about her progress, learning from Bias and Riley and bouncing back following that overtime heartbreaker against Baylor.

Q: How different do you feel on the court now versus the beginning of the season?

A: “I would say at the beginning of the season I didn't have a lot of confidence in myself. I just sat back and watched everybody do it all themselves. But now that I know what I can do, I just go out there and try to play my own game, whatever I've got to do to make my team better.”

What gave you that confidence?

“Me getting yelled at all the time and people telling me I'm not playing up to my potential and I need to step it up and (that) I'm a (Division I) player, so I need to act like it and play like it. It made me change my ways a little bit. I started getting in the gym a little more and doing all the extra stuff that I needed to do.”

Coach Littell has openly talked about you being next in the point-guard line after Riley and Bias. How does that feel?


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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