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Oklahoma State women's basketball: 2008 Bedlam win turned the tide for Cowgirls basketball

By Gina Mizell Published: February 22, 2013
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photo - OSU's Andrea Riley (10) celebrates with fans after the women's Bedlam college basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls and the Oklahoma Sooners at Gallagher-Iba in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, January 12, 2008. OSU won, 82-63. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OSU's Andrea Riley (10) celebrates with fans after the women's Bedlam college basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls and the Oklahoma Sooners at Gallagher-Iba in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, January 12, 2008. OSU won, 82-63. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU, of course, has rolled along just fine since that game, reaching back-to-back Final Fours in 2009 and 2010 and holding steady as one of the country's premier programs. And the Sooners have continued to dominate the Bedlam series, with OSU's only victory since 2008 coming last season when a late 3-pointer by former Cowgirl Jenni Bryan lifted the Cowgirls to 66-63 win in Stillwater.

But OSU is no longer in the basement of the Big 12. Far from it.

The Cowgirls reached the Sweet 16 in 2008 and the NCAA Tournament's second round in 2010. Last season, OSU was one of the first teams left out of the tournament but won the WNIT.

For former Cowgirls like Riley and Byford, that 2008 Bedlam game provides a lasting memory. And it's one reminder of how we got to this point in this rivalry.

But, in reality, it doesn't have much bearing on Saturday's meeting.

Both teams, like most of the squads that currently occupy the middle of the Big 12 standings, have already had their share of signature wins and maddening losses this season. OSU took a particularly hard hit Wednesday night, falling to a TCU squad that was winless in conference play.

Sooner coach Sherri Coale needed to “search (her) brain” to remember the 2008 Bedlam game when asked about it earlier this week. And Cowgirl coach Jim Littell wasn't too fired up about reminiscing about that big victory, either.

“I'm not about living in the past,” Littell said. “I'm not about (reliving) that we won a game here last year. I'm about the present and what it takes for us to get to the NCAA Tournament.

“It was a nice night in Cowgirl basketball history, but I'm about what's going on now.”