STILLWATER — 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?
“I love it. I've got a lot of shoes to fill. I guess I could say that. And I'm not where I need to be right now, but I'm gonna keep working and try to get where fans love me like they love Tiffany or Andrea Riley. I'm gonna do whatever I gotta do to take over on the court when I'm the point guard.”
Is Riley someone you watched when she was playing at OSU?
“She actually was. And I've actually gotten a chance to work with her, which is great. She's telling me all the right steps to move forward in how to keep my anger in control and all that. How to be a true point guard, basically. She's really helping me right now, and Tiffany is, too.”
What's the biggest thing you've learned from Tiffany?
“I just gotta be a leader. I can't let none of the little, simple stuff get to me, can't get frustrated when I'm out there on the court and we're down. Just gotta keep my composure.”
What's the key to responding after the disappointing Baylor loss?
“I feel like we've gotta make a name for ourselves again. I feel like some people doubted us a lot, and I feel like we've just got to come out harder and show them that we can actually play, starting the first five minutes of the game. I feel like when we came out, we weren't up to our potential and we've just got to show them how we really can play.”