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Oklahoma State women's basketball: After 'embarrassing' loss at West Virginia, Jim Littell's Cowgirls face desperate Texas Tech

The 12th-ranked Cowgirls were thrashed by the Mountaineers on Wednesday night, trailing by as many 42 points in a 77-45 defeat. Next up: A Sunday trip to Texas Tech to face a squad that has not won since before Christmas and is 0-14 in Big 12 play.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell watches the action in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Oklahoma State won 73-57. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell watches the action in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Oklahoma State won 73-57. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Does the fact that Texas Tech is still searching for its first Big 12 win make them more dangerous, in an odd way?

“Absolutely. They're playing with a sense of urgency. They took Iowa State to overtime there. They led K-State for the majority of the game and were tied with a minute to go at K-State. She's played young players. You see them progressively getting better each time out. And they're not gonna want to finish 0-for-(the season), so they're gonna bring everything. They've had eight days to prep for us, and we better go down there and realize that we've got a battle on our hands.”

Can you draw from the fact that your team lost at TCU around this time last season when it was 0-13 in conference play?

“Believe me, we've reminded our players at that — that anybody can get anybody on a given night.”

Texas Tech does have the Big 12's fourth-leading scorer in Amber Battle. What makes her so difficult to guard?

“She's an exceptional athlete. She's got a good intermediate game and she's really explosive off the dribble and she gets to the free throw line a lot. It's a big challenge for us. She's a kid that can go both right or left. She's one of the most explosive players in the league off the dribble.”