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Oklahoma State basketball: Tests keep coming for Cowgirls

After dropping its Big 12 opener at home, OSU goes on the road to face No. 2 Baylor on Sunday.
By Gina Mizell Published: January 5, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) falls to the court while chasing the ball with Texas Tech's Chynna Brown (00) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Tech at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Texas Tech won, 64-59.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) falls to the court while chasing the ball with Texas Tech's Chynna Brown (00) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Tech at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Texas Tech won, 64-59. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

OSU coach Jim Littell was brutally honest about Baylor before the season, admitting that it would be difficult for any team in the Big 12 to knock off the Lady Bears.

He showered more praise earlier this week. First to star Brittney Griner, who he called “probably the most prolific female player that's ever played the game.” Then to the rest of the Baylor's starting five that all returns from last season's title team. Then to a Lady Bear bench that is deeper and has added two more McDonald's All-Americans in freshmen Niya Johnson and Alexis Prince.

Littell has stressed to his team that losing to Tech at home Wednesday now means the Cowgirls must make up for it with a conference win on the road.

But he recognizes the challenge Sunday's contest in Waco presents.

“They've seen every type of defense that you can see right now, every attempt to stop Brittney Griner,” he said of Baylor. “It's just a seasoned team that understands how to play.

“They're probably better than ever.”


No. 13 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Baylor

When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

TV: FSOK (Cox 37), FCS (Cox 271)

Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

*Baylor is the first ranked opponent Oklahoma State will face this season.

*OSU ranks third in the nation in scoring offense (85.9 points per game), while Baylor is fifth (83.1 points per game).

*Baylor's only loss came to No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 16.

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