Jim Littell bluntly called Oklahoma State's performance at West Virginia “embarrassing.”
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.
The Cowgirl coach talked to The Oklahoman earlier this week about rebounding following that bad night in Morgantown and facing a team desperate for a Big 12 victory.
Is that game against West Virginia one you throw out the window and call it an awful night? Or do you try to take something away from it?
“You take that you've got to play with more pride, you've got to play with more effort and you've gotta realize that that effort level isn't acceptable, especially on the road. You should be embarrassed and you should fight back after a loss like that.”
Was there any sort of Bedlam hangover to blame for that type of performance?
“I don't know, but it's my job to get us back focused and playing hard. We worked on that (Friday) and it was much better. It's a good team, don't think away from West Virginia. One through 14 they're probably as talented as anybody in the league. You've got Odyssey (Sims at Baylor), but (West Virginia's) got a lot of depth. They're long, they're athletic and they just completely dominated us in every phase. But there's 18 individual battles in this league, and we've got to go on to the next individual battle.”
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.”