STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team just held off a young Texas Tech squad starving for its first conference win, with a Tiffany Bias coast-to-coast layup lifting the Cowgirls to a last-second victory.
Next, the No. 15 Cowgirls host an Iowa State team that once held a top-15 ranking but is now starving for a resume win to capture a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
That’s typical of the Big 12, particularly down the stretch, when pressure-packed games become the norm.
But there’s plenty on the line for OSU, as well.
The Cowgirls are already a lock for the NCAA Tournament with three regular-season games and the Big 12 Tournament remaining. But one more victory would clinch at least a tie for third place in the conference standings, and two more wins would set a school record for most conference victories in a season.
“We’ve got a lot to play for, too,” coach Jim Littell said.
Even with the postseason certainty, this is also still an OSU team largely trying to snap out of a rut.
The Cowgirls have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games, a stretch that lasted more than a month. Three of those five wins have come by closer-than-expected margins on the road against TCU (49-46), at home against Kansas (76-74) and in Lubbock Sunday. A 73-57 victory over Oklahoma was the only truly decisive performance.
And while Bias is pushing for All-America recognition, ranking second in the Big 12 in assists (6.31) and steals (2.31) and seventh in the league in scoring (14.5 points per game), key complementary pieces like Brittney Martin and Liz Donohoe have been inconsistent.