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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls trying to 'raise the bar' after trying 2011-12 season

OSU BASKETBALL — The Oklahoma State women's basketball team ended a trying 2011-12 season in triumph by winning the WNIT championship. Now the Cowgirls want more. They want to win the close games they lost last season and they want a solid spot in the NCAA Tournament.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2012

photo - OSU head women's basketball coach Jim Littell poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU head women's basketball coach Jim Littell poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Now a squad that was considered young a season ago is suddenly a veteran group.

Bias returns as a dynamic playmaker and leader in the backcourt. Toni Young had a huge resurgence in the WNIT after spending most of last season working her way back from a broken arm. Reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year Liz Donohoe is determined not to have a sophomore slump. Key contributors like Lindsey Keller, Kendra Suttles and Jordan Schultz also return.

Plus, the Cowgirls have added Brittney Martin, the highest-rated recruit to ever sign with OSU and a projected immediate starter at shooting guard.

OSU is ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' preseason polls but was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12. Littell said that's a testament to how tough the conference is.

Still, the Cowgirls nearly snuck into the NCAA Tournament a season ago while playing a similarly brutal schedule. Now, the goal is not just to make the field of 64, but to leave no doubt that they belong.

“We finished great last year,” Young said. “And I'm ready and really excited to keep building on that, because we're not gonna take any steps backwards.

“We want to just be guaranteed in (by the selection committee). No split decisions or anything.”


OSU WOMEN'S SCHEDULE

November

9 CAL POLY — 5:30 p.m.

13 at Missouri State — 7 p.m.

18 WEBER STATE — 2 p.m.

20 TEXAS PAN-AMERICAN — 7 p.m.

28 TEXAS STATE — 7 p.m.

December

1 TEXAS SOUTHERN — 2 p.m.

6 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN — 7 p.m.

16 VERMONT — 12:30 p.m.

22 at UT Arlington — 2 p.m.

28 vs. *Harvard — 9 a.m.

30 vs. *TBD

January

2 TEXAS TECH — 7 p.m.

6 at Baylor — 4:30 p.m.

8 KANSAS — 7 p.m.

13 at Texas — 11:30 a.m.

20 IOWA STATE — noon

23 at Kansas State — 7 p.m.

26 at Kansas — 8 p.m.

29 WEST VIRGINIA — 7 p.m.

February

2 BAYLOR — 7 p.m.

5 TCU — 7 p.m.

10 at Oklahoma — 4 p.m.

13 at West Virginia — 6 p.m.

16 KANSAS STATE — 4 p.m.

20 at TCU — 7 p.m.

23 OKLAHOMA — 2 p.m.

27 at Texas Tech — 7 p.m.

March

2 TEXAS — 11 a.m.

4 AT IOWA STATE — 7 p.m.

8-11 #Big 12 Tournament — TBD

* Surf N' Slam Classic, San Diego

# American Airlines Center, Dallas

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