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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls need another big-time performance from Brittney Martin against Notre Dame

by Jenni Carlson Modified: March 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm •  Published: March 28, 2014

LaShawn Jones looked at the stat sheet after Oklahoma State’s upset of Purdue and liked what she saw in her rebounding column.

Twelve.

Then, she looked at Brittney Martin’s number.

Twenty.

“Brittney!” she shouted across the locker room. “Dang!”

More happy shouting followed. Some hugging, too. And frankly, Jones isn’t the only Cowgirl excited about what Martin is doing. The sophomore is surging in the postseason, and so are the Cowgirls.

It’s no coincidence.

If you’re looking for a reason OSU could upend undefeated Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Martin is it.

She is capable of big numbers — she holds the team-best marks for points, field goals made and rebounds this season — but while she had three games of 20-plus points, she also had three of five or less. And often when she’s been so-so, the Cowgirls have been, too.

But in March, she is averaging 12.3 points and 13.3 rebounds, both team bests for the month.

She was never better than Monday night when OSU faced a good Purdue team on the Boilermakers’ home court. Martin not only had 20 rebounds but also 20 points as the Cowgirls surged to victory.

“Just monster numbers,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said.

Toni Young, who now plays for the WNBA’s New York Liberty, is the last Cowgirl to hit that 20-20 mark in a game. She is a 6-foot-2 post player.

Martin is a 6-0 wing player.

“For a small forward or big guard to go in there and get 20 rebounds is pretty remarkable,” Littell said.

Martin was only three boards short of the NCAA Tournament record and became only the 20th player who snagged that many rebounds in a tournament game.

It was a continuation of some big-time rebounding performances. In the Big 12 Tournament, Martin had 11 boards against Iowa State and 15 against Baylor. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, she went for 15 boards against upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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