STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's season ended in difficult fashion Tuesday night, as the Cowgirls relinquished a 15-point second-half lead against Duke in a 68-59 loss to the No. 2 seed on its home floor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Yet the future of Cowgirl basketball remains bright. Four starters return next season, headlined by sparkplug point guard Tiffany Bias. OSU will also add much-needed depth in welcoming six new players from a recruiting class that was ranked 15th nationally by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and 26th by Blue Star Basketball.
But OSU must also find a way to replace Toni Young, a unanimous All-Big 12 pick and one of the most productive players in program history.
Here's an early look at what the future holds for the Cowgirls.
F Toni Young: Capped an impressive career with a stellar senior season, averaging 16 points and 10.1 rebounds per game; leaves OSU ranked first in school history in career blocks (173), second in rebounds (1,069) and seventh in scoring (1,649 points).
F Lindsey Keller: Brought physicality inside on both ends of the floor; season and career were cut short in mid-February after multiple concussions
F Morgan Toben: A walk-on-turned-scholarship player who gave the Cowgirls some depth and outside shooting; was admitted to pharmacy school and will not return next season
G Tiffany Bias: Brings a relentless motor and veteran leadership, plus the ability to pass, drive, defend and score.
F Liz Donohoe: A sharpshooter and solid rebounder; could expand offensive game by putting the ball on the floor more often.
G Brittney Martin: Made an immediate impact as a freshman, particularly as a defensive stopper on the perimeter; has the ability to use her athleticism to create off the dribble and will need to shoulder more of the scoring load next season.