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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls focusing on better defense

Although OSU has coasted to a 3-0 record, coach Jim Littell sees a few things the Cowgirls need to improve
By Gina Mizell Published: November 19, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) and  Cal Poly's Kayla Griffin (1) dive for a loose ball during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at  Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe (4) and Cal Poly's Kayla Griffin (1) dive for a loose ball during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Yet that attention to defense has also caused the Cowgirls to get “pretty beat up,” Littell said, which isn't ideal with a quick turnaround following Sunday's victory over Weber State. After Tuesday's contest, though, OSU doesn't play again until Nov. 28.

UTPA is 2-2 on the season, but coming off a 100-point outburst in a win against Texas A&M-Kingsville, a Division II school. The Broncs play four guards and focus on penetrating to the basket, Littell said.

“The hardest thing to guard in the game is when someone lowers their head and just drives on you,” Littell said. “So we've got the challenge of that. They'll present some problems to some people because they will put it down on the floor.”